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thebrain
11-19-2009, 06:09 PM
How difficult would it be to stay in Windsor? I have a passport and crossing the border is not a problem.

mookie1995
11-19-2009, 07:23 PM
I still think people put "fear" too high on the list of criteria. Well, unless you felt fearful in DC last year....

This is the closest hotel by far- http://www.hiltongardeninn.com/en/gi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=DETDHGI

Not sure if they have any rooms left, now, but it IS an hilton. It's less than 2 blocks from Ford Field..

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sqeyes
11-19-2009, 08:23 PM
Travel between Windsor and Detroit is quite easy if you have your Passport or as I did was get the "enhanced" license. I was over in CA last month and had no problems at immigration. The hang-up was with paying the toll. The tunnel was backed up half way going (Sat. noon) and the bridge was quick coming back on Monday rush hour, but the finishing of construction at the bridge caused a bottle neck. That will all be done by March. The tunnel comes out at the Ren Cen and is about 1.5 mi from Ford Fld.

I'm staying home near A2 and plan to commute. If it were to become a problem then I'll move into my daughter's flat near Wayne State. I'm thinking of using her as a taxi to save on parking.

There are a lot of things to do in the area. The DIA, and across the street is the Historical Museum. Go to Belle Isle drive around and then you can claim you drove a F1 course.

thebrain
11-19-2009, 11:55 PM
How's it getting across the border at night at like bar close? Can you take cabs between the Detroit and Windsor? Is Ford Field is pretty close to the casino and bar areas of Windsor?

jay ferguson
11-20-2009, 12:28 AM
Look out for thugs. Don't go to a Pistons game.

melmac
11-20-2009, 10:40 AM
They'd have to be up in my neck of the woods to go to a Pistons game.

I really appreciate this thread. I've been here for just over a year and don't get out much. If I ever get some free time, I've now got a list of things to do and see. :)

Arwen22266
11-20-2009, 11:12 AM
How's it getting across the border at night at like bar close? Can you take cabs between the Detroit and Windsor? Is Ford Field is pretty close to the casino and bar areas of Windsor?

I am not certain about cabs, but there is a bus that goes from downtown Detroit across the tunnel into Windsor. You have to exit the bus before you can cross the border, then get back on, but it's pretty straightforward.

If you're asking whether Ford Field is close to Windsor, no not really. Loooong walk.

Billy Blanks
11-20-2009, 06:44 PM
I would suggest staying in Troy at one of the hotels on Big Beaver. It's a 15 minute drive down I-75 to Detroit.

As mentioned by myself and several others. The greektown casino hotel is fantastic. You're pretty much right in the middle of all the excitement.

Remember that the Tigers home opener will be the same time as the FF. It's the biggest party in the midwest and those who attend the festivities will not be disappointed. It's basically Michigan/Detroit's mardi gras. There are usually about 250,000 people that go downtown just to party on opening day.

mookie1995
11-20-2009, 10:28 PM
well i'll be at the ritz for three nights. $104/night was good enough for me.
(please, no false fire alarms. thanks.:cool: )

pgb-ohio
11-21-2009, 12:12 AM
The historic Dearborn Inn, now a Marriott property, is reporting a pre-pay rate of $90 per night and a leisure rate of $129. It's pretty much next door to Greenfield Village.Where did you get these quotes? My initial on-line inquiry generated considerably higher rates.

If there's a way to get the lower price, do tell. :)

Arwen22266
11-21-2009, 08:19 AM
Where did you get these quotes? My initial on-line inquiry generated considerably higher rates.

If there's a way to get the lower price, do tell. :)

That was through Marriott's web site (www.marriott.com). I just checked again, and that $90 rate is no longer there, but the $129 is. $110 if you have AAA. I wasn't fibbing, I promise! :)

The Hallucination
11-21-2009, 07:57 PM
Thanks for all of the suggestions on where to stay! Windsor was considered and rejected as my mom is concerned about border hassles, but we might reconsider. We've also considered Ann Arbor, but a nearer suburb could be better. Suburbia might not be exciting, but as you may have guessed we don't have such high expectations...



Here's the current slogan- "Detroit- not as bad as you think!" If I can get some of you past that, perhaps you'll see it more like Mrs Alfa and I do.

That's probably a good slogan, because that's as optimistic as I can bring myself to be. Maybe we will check out a bit of the historic stuff... we kind of have a mixed group with three generations, some of whom are usually just more interested in drinking, but if there's actually something to see than I kind of like to see it.

satyking
11-21-2009, 08:14 PM
What is the parking situation like near Ford Field

Arwen22266
11-21-2009, 11:24 PM
What is the parking situation like near Ford Field

There is a large garage directly across the street. They charge $10 during Tigers games, but goodness knows what they will ask for during the Frozen Four.

sportfantic
02-15-2010, 03:47 PM
Don't know if I can do this or not. If not, sorry. I am not going to make it up to the Frozen Four this year and would like to sell my two tickets. Sec. 131 Row 30 Seats 1-2. Let me know if your interested or anyone you know is interested.

STATEdude3
02-15-2010, 04:52 PM
Just for those that who have not heard...some of Detroit's finest business families are teaming up to host the events that surround the hockey game this year.

Bill Ford Jr. and Christopher Illitch will be the co-chairs of the event. There is quite a bit of buzz down here right now. There are not a lot of people downtown that have much knowledge about college hockey beyond the regular hockey hot spot bars for games at The Joe. However people I know in other businesses are very anxious for this event, and I am hearing some great things that are being planned to welcome our out of town guests.

hanasoni
02-15-2010, 06:39 PM
Ford Field is literally out my front door...and I know there are about a hundred people on this board that live in the area, so please, let the questions begin! Detroit has been host to all of sports greatest spectacles over the last decade, and the Frozen Four will be the icing on the cake (pun very much intended).

Quick references..

www.visitdetroit.com
www.fordfield.com



Can we stay with you?

scullyer
02-15-2010, 07:03 PM
Just so everybody knows, Tigers' opening day is Friday. It is practically a holiday in Michigan. Saturday's game is practically the same. Dowtown will be slammed all weekend. Parking will be tough to come by and lots will charge upward of $30 to park Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Good luck getting into the bars. If you are looking for bars/restaurants in the areas inside/outside Detroit, post your "tastes" and I'll see if I can help. Been going to college hockey at the Joe for over 20 years. I spend a lot of time in the city (Casinos, Tigers, Lions, Employment, Red Wings, Opera House, Fox, Fillmore, Cobo, RenCen, Greektown), as well as all areas around Detroit and Windsor as well, as I grew up here. Just trying to lend a hand.

hanasoni
02-15-2010, 07:09 PM
You'll be able to take in a Tigers game, and Comerica Park is RIGHT NEXT to Ford Field.


Actually, the off day, Friday, is opening day for the Tigers!

scullyer
02-15-2010, 07:16 PM
Actually, the off day, Friday, is opening day for the Tigers!

That's what the first line said. Getting around town Friday will be a pain. It will still be a mad house Saturday.