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What to Do at the Horizon League Tournament

Posted on Friday, February 17 2017 in Sports

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The Little Caesars Horizon League Basketball Championships, better known to Detroiters as "Motor City Madness," will take place this year at Joe Louis Arena March 3-7. Both male and female teams from Horizon League's ten colleges – including Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, UIC, Valparaiso, Wright State and Youngstown State – will compete that weekend for the championship title.

Intrigued? Perhaps the seven reasons below will be just enough to convince you to not only attend the competition but also make the most out of your time in The D that weekend:

  1. You can be a part of the "Official Fan Hangout."
    Hockeytown Café, which overlooks Little Caesars Arena, is providing a shuttle to and from The Joe, as well as food and beverage discounts. For more information, check out the Fan Hangout page.

  2. You don't have to spend your time in traffic.
    Joe Louis Arena parking is available, but since it does operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, it may be wise to park at Hockeytown Café or, hey, try out the Detroit People Mover, which only costs 75 cents per ride. The Joe is stop number 10!

  3. You'll have the opportunity to explore The D.
    There are several events taking place in Detroit that weekend in addition to 263 restaurants to try out and 20 hotels to stay at. Completely overwhelmed? We get it. That's why Visit Detroit created The Detroit Bucket List in order to assist in your weekend adventures.

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  4. You can even explore the future of Detroit.
    If you've heard about but haven't quite gotten the chance to explore Detroit's new and upcoming developments, why not take some time before or after the games that weekend and check out the progress?

  5. Visiting The DIA at a discounted rate is possible.
    Motor City Madness partnered with The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to offer discounted admission to those with game tickets. For only $10 a person, you have the chance to check out a 20-foot tall, 400-pound installation titled Thalassa by New York Street Artist Swoon, Detroit After Dark: Photographs from the DIA Collection, Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, the March Cultural Demonstration Ft. Japanese Girls Day and so much more.

  6. You can participate in yoga at The Joe.
    Yes! You really are able to say farewell to The Joe in the downward facing dog position. For $27, you will receive entry to the yoga session, four single-session Horizon League Basketball Championship passes for Saturday, March 4 and a Yoga Day tank top. To register, either fill out this Yoga Day form and a representative will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm and finalize payment, or call Jamie Clark-Drewke directly at 313-471-7138.

Tickets for Motor City Madness are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-session and all-session tickets online, visiting the Joe Louis Arena Box Office or Campus Box Offices or by calling 313-471-7575.


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