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    I did some searching and could not find any threads on here about this. My wife and I are going to the game tomorrow with a group from work. This is the first time I've ever driven down there myself. What's the best area to park in? We'll be coming from the Northville area.
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    Personally I like taking 375 to Madison and then going in the Ford Field garage (only $10 and easy to get to). If you want to park for free take Woodward off I-94 and you can pick a side street before you go back over 75 and are at the stadium. Orrrr you could go to Old shelileah's or Nemos and park there for free. Have a beer and then take the shuttle to the park.
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    Best bet is to go a little early. the closer you are to the ball park, the more you'll pay. Right next to the park are lots that are $25. If you park along Grand River (about 5 blocks west of Comerica) there are some lots that are $5, but they fill up quickly.

    You could try parking at a local restaurant and taking a shuttle over. Some places offer free parking there. Casinos are also an option, but for free parking, you'll likely need a member card.

    Here's a map from the Tigers' web site:


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    Quote Originally Posted by goast8127 View Post

    That gray spot to the right of Ford Field is their parking structure...it is only $10. My personal favorite.
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    There's 2 lots on Bagley between Grand RIver and Clifford that have been charging $5 all year, other than opening day and a day game a few weeks ago. Lowe left side of the graphic. Been parking there for years.

    I've given directions in the other threads. I think they're perfect for those who have to go south on 75 or out 96. The time you spend walking back to your car is spent in traffic otherwise.
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    From I-75 North take exit 50 (the marked one).

    Take the second right on Grand River.
    Turn left past the second light on Adams.
    Turn right on Park when Adams becomes one-way.
    Turn right on Washington and find a metered space. Pay enough to feed it until 6 PM.
    When leaving take Washington to Congress. Go right on Congress. Pick up the Lodge North. The second exit has ramps to I-75 and I-96. Continuing straight a bit will get you to I-94.

    By going downtown to catch the freeways you avoid a lot of traffic. If you park in the $5 lots you can use Cass in the same way to get to the Lodge and not have to fight to get on I-75 with the rest of the departing traffic.

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    This method fails if a big Cobo event let's out at the same time the game let's out.

    EDIT: Picking up the Lodge at Congress, take the second exit, follow the signs to I75 South, staying right will eventually merge you onto I-96 (and hence to Northville) without ever having to get on I-75.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymo View Post
    From I-75 North take exit 50 (the marked one).

    Take the second right on Grand River.
    Turn left past the second light on Adams.
    Turn right on Park when Adams becomes one-way.
    Turn right on Washington and find a metered space. Pay enough to feed it until 6 PM.
    When leaving take Washington to Congress. Go right on Congress. Pick up the Lodge North. The second exit has ramps to I-75 and I-96. Continuing straight a bit will get you to I-94.

    By going downtown to catch the freeways you avoid a lot of traffic. If you park in the $5 lots you can use Cass in the same way to get to the Lodge and not have to fight to get on I-75 with the rest of the departing traffic.

    Don't tell anyone. This is my secret strategy.

    This method fails if a big Cobo event let's out at the same time the game let's out.

    EDIT: Picking up the Lodge at Congress, take the second exit, follow the signs to I75 South, staying right will eventually merge you onto I-96 (and hence to Northville) without ever having to get on I-75.

    Of course.... I think I 96 is closed at 10 tonight, it was last week. We took the scenic route back.... (Warren)

    I get there too late to snag a meter spot. Seems like 75N is always backed up when we get there, I take 96 to the Lodge but i get off at Rosa Parks and go down Michigan to Cass to Bagley. Then going home I do the reverse. Michigan to Trumbull to 75/96.
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    Yesterday I parked by Bookies, off Cass and Elizabeth. It was $5.....a little walk, but not too bad. Plenty of spots available.
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    Thanks for the heads up on I-96. I might go 94 to Telegraph to whatever.

    I go through Corktown when I'm running late to the game. Usually the kids want to go so early we don't get caught in traffic at exit 50.

    I read in some of the older threads folks never get tickets. I got one once. I arrived at about 4:50 because my daughter wanted the promotion that day- 1984 jerseys. I parked on the metered portion of Adams over by Park. Those are one hour meters and I fed it for an hour- which meant I was taking my chances from 5:50-6:00.

    Well, the game got rained out and when I got to the car I had a ticket. At first I was kind of upset at myself beause the ticket was for $20. When I got home I learned Detroit gives you a $10 discount for paying promptly.

    So far from learning a lesson, I don't even worry about it anymore. That's a great spot for $10. I can even charge the fee when I get home :-)

    (I actually haven't had reason to do this again, but still- it's such a small fine . . .)
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastside billee View Post
    Yesterday I parked by Bookies, off Cass and Elizabeth. It was $5.....a little walk, but not too bad. Plenty of spots available.
    Me, too. That's my favorite because on the way out you just turn right on Cass if you like the downtown-to-avoid-traffic strategy.
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    That $5 green lot (with many other around it) is my favorite. It isn't far to walk at all.

    I parked in the Ford Field ramp once for $10...it took me over 45 minutes to get out of there and then they funneled me onto the highway going in the direction I didn't want to go. I vowed I'd never park there again.
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    I'm a meter guy, but if I'm going to a game I usually get there around 4:30 so it's pretty easy to get a 2-hour meter for a couple bucks. The ones in front of the Milner Hotel are pretty good if you need to get out going north on 75, just go out to Gratiot, up to Eastern Market then over to 75...
    If you do park in a meter on Gratiot, make sure you check the signs cause some spots are also bus pick up spots and they'll ticket you if you park there before 6pm.

    There's also a good, safe parking garage north of the Compuware building where you can get your parking validated if you eat at the Hard Rock Cafe. They have a cool party bus that will shuttle you over to the game and bring you back. The nachos are yummy.

    And avoid the side streets off Jefferson on the other side of 75. I parked there to save a couple bucks to go to a Thursday afternoon game and when I got back so a-hole had sawed off my catalytic converter...in broad f'n daylight

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    MGM Grand self-parking garage is also a good option. It's free, you don't need a card from the casino either. The garage also serves as employee parking for DTE Energy employees (that's why MGM decided to make it completely free).
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    Quote Originally Posted by juiceman View Post
    MGM Grand self-parking garage is also a good option. It's free, you don't need a card from the casino either. The garage also serves as employee parking for DTE Energy employees (that's why MGM decided to make it completely free).
    Yup - I was just going to post this. I work at DTE and park their for all Tiger and Lions games. The walk is about 10 minutes depending on your pace.

    I even park their for Red Wing games but it is more like a 15-20 minute walk but it beats paying $10-$20 to park.
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