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97.1 The Ticket Hosts Free Sportsfest

January 17, 2013

97.1 The Ticket Hosts Free Sportsfest at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan

97.1 The Ticket hosts its fourth annual free SportsFest, the ultimate Detroit sports fan appreciation event, on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace (46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan), formerly Rock Financial Showplace. Admission is free for the whole family to enjoy this celebration of Detroit sports. Parking is $5.

Fans at Sportsfest can meet and greet current and former stars of their favorite Detroit teams: the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. 2013 Sportsfest will also include roundtable discussions with 97.1 The Ticket hosts.

In addition to autograph signing sessions, Sportsfest 97.1 The Ticket attendees also will be able to enjoy interactive games and round-table discussions, meet 97.1 The Ticket on-air personalities, see impressive sports memorabilia and even hang out at the Sports Pub. For the kids, inflatables, mascot appearances, speed pitch machines and youth clinics will make it a day to remember. Log on to 971theticket.com for a complete schedule of events and autograph signing procedures.

New to Sportsfest for 2013 is the 97.1 The Ticket Tailgate Challenge. Submit a picture of your best tailgate party set-up to enter 97.1 The Ticket’s Tailgate Challenge. 20 lucky contestants will compete at the 2013 SportsFest on February 16 for a chance to win cash prizes in the following categories: Best Overall Tailgate Presentation, Main Entrée, and Non-Alcoholic Drink.

Click here to submit info for the 2013 Sportsfest Tailgate Challenge.

2013 97.1 The Ticket Sportsfest Athletes Autograph Signings Scheduled:

•Former Detroit Red Wings Captain Niklas Lidstrom

•Former Detroit Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom

•Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Ryan Broyles

•Detroit Lions Kicker Jason Hanson

•Former Detroit Piston Rick Mahorn

•Former Detroit Piston James Edwards

•Former Detroit Piston John Long

•Former Detroit Piston Earl Cureton

•Former Detroit Tiger Denny McClain

Schedule of athletes signing autographs is subject to change without notice. Sportsfest autograph procedures for 2012: there is a one time $10 donation fee for athlete* autographs. Attendees who make their one time $10 donation will receive a numbered wristband. Due to the high demand of autographs, a wristband lottery system will be used for select autographs. No format has been announced for 2013 Sportsfest autograph signing procedure.

“Our Detroit sports fans are fantastic and we want to make SportsFest bigger and better for them each year,” said Jimmy Powers, 97.1 The Ticket Program Director. “Our partnerships with all of the Detroit sports teams allows us to put the players and the fans together under one roof, providing them an opportunity to mix and mingle together and guarantees everyone a great time.”

Owned and operated by CBS RADIO, 97.1 The Ticket offers play-by-play for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers.

97.1 The Ticket Sportsfest

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Avenue

Novi, Michigan

More info on the 2013 97.1 The Ticket SportsFest coming soon.

This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

Click here for more Oakland County and Metro Detroit, Michigan events, activities and things to do.

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I didn't go last year because it was a mess the year before. I never like it when you don't know the rules coming in. Hopefully they announce what they are, but even if they do, it seems those rules get broken when it comes to 97.1.

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I went in 2011 and had a great time. I didn't get the sense it was poorly organized then and I was able to score quite a few graphs for free (note: I did not even attempt Barry Sanders though). From what I've heard last year was a bit messy and the autograph sessions were not as welcoming as in the previous year though.

Worse comes to worse, it's free (besides parking).

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I honestly think it depends on who is in charge of it at 97.1. I generally don't like to waste time on things where you don't know the rules going in, because inexperienced promoters have a tendency of not knowing what the heck they are doing. The year I went (I think it was the first year but I honestly don't remember), it just seemed like everything was scheduled so tightly and overlapped, it was hard to get more than one or two players. It would be nice if they came out and said what the autograph policy/rules/signing times are so people know going in. One thing I hate to do is waste my time- I'd actually rather pay for autographs and know the drill vs. go to a poorly organized free signing, hang around for 5 hours and maybe have a chance to get one person if I'm lucky. Even if they don't announce the rules, I may still wander over there and check it out if I have time.

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I think last year they released the rules at a date closer to the event.

I wish it was heavier with Tiger players. I don't expect the lines to be long for the Pistons guys and McClain and I already have Hanson and Broyles on a my team helmet.

Lidstrom or Homer would be nice but likely a mad house for those. Ill proably go just for McClain alone and all others would be bonus'.

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If anyone wants to try 50/50 on Broyles, I have multiples of his Topps base rookie and Topps Kickoff rookie.

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Lidstrom or Homer would be nice but likely a mad house for those. Ill proably go just for McClain alone and all others would be bonus'.

Well, it looks like McLain is no longer listed on the website. Wonder if it could be that he is signing at Gibraltar that day. Did 97.1 lose out? This starting to look less and less appealing...

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Well, it looks like McLain is no longer listed on the website. Wonder if it could be that he is signing at Gibraltar that day. Did 97.1 lose out? This starting to look less and less appealing...

Denny likely went where there was more $$$$

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Perhaps. But who is going to show up at 9 am for the chance to hang around for 5+ hours just to get Mark Howe? I just don't get their logic with this wristband procedure. I personally think they should just let Steve from DC run it. He'd get better signers and he'd pull in more dollars for their charity. Did you see how many people he had for Barry Sanders this weekend? For Denard? yeah, Denard had so many people, he's doing another one with DC this weekend (first time I've ever seen back to back like that), plus another one in March at Gibraltar. Price somebody like him or Barry Sanders at slight discount and it would be a huge success. Same thing with Nick. And people like us wouldn't have to waste an entire Saturday on this wristband nonsense. I mean, really, there is nothing else to do at this thing unless you want to watch kids play games. Oh, and I guess the playboy model, Sara Jean Underwood is going to be there this year. Frankly, she will be fully clothed, and you can see all of her if you wish with a 10 second google search. So again, why waste a Saturday on this nonsense? :happy:

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Oh, and I guess the playboy model, Sara Jean Underwood is going to be there this year. Frankly, she will be fully clothed, and you can see all of her if you wish with a 10 second google search. So again, why waste a Saturday on this nonsense? :happy:

Hahaha.

I have been debating going and just this minute officially decided this is a colossal waste of time. I hope 97.1 rethinks their strategy for the future. I'm sure it can still be a great event for the non-autograph hounds, but if they have fixed prices they could really provide their charity with so much more profit.

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Did anybody end up going? I'd be interested to see how it turned out. Almost everything I see online about it refers to Sara Jean Underwood and I haven't seen much success or stories about Lidstrom/Holmstrom/Lions/Pistons etc.

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