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4 Reasons to Attend Duel in The D

Posted on Monday, January 23 2017 in Sports

MSU vs U of M
The Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans will once again face off for the "Iron D" trophy at Joe Louis Arena on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Considering viewing this year's competition in person? Here are four reasons why you should sport your favorite team's sweatshirt and attend Duel in The D this year:

  1. You can be a part of history.

    The two teams have competed 309 times with the Wolverines currently holding the most wins in the all-time series at 159-131-19.

  2. You can say your goodbyes to Joe Louis Arena.

    Last year, the Spartans won with a 3-2 in overtime; however, the Wolverines are currently holding the series advantage at The Joe with a 14-11-4 record.

  3. You can attend other events in The D that weekend.

    All weekend long, The Detroit Institute of Arts will have several exhibits to visit, including 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 and The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals.

    Additionally, Kermit Frazier's "Firepower" will be performed at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, as well as The Lion King at the Detroit Opera House, Dirty Show Detroit at the Russell Industrial Center and, beginning that Saturday, the Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center.

    If you're looking for something to do on Saturday, Feb. 11, Katt Williams will be live at Joe Louis Arena and Broadway's "Golden Couple" Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley will be performing songs from their most beloved roles at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

  4. You can purchase tickets any way that works for you.
    Tickets for The Duel can be purchased online at olympiaentertainment.com and ticketmaster.com, in person at the Fox Theatre box office, Joe Louis Arena box office and Hockeytown Authentics in Troy or by phone at 800-745-3000. There are two ticket options: a game ticket (ranging from $18-$48 depending on seats) or a Little Caesars Family 4 Pack, which, for $12.25 a ticket, includes entrance into the general admission seating, as well as a food voucher for a 16-ounce fountain Coke product and a Dearborn hot dog or slice of Little Caesars round pizza.

If you want to grab a bite to eat downtown before or after the game, check out one of these 264 places in Detroit to dine. Don't want to worry about driving home afterward? Here is a list of hotels right inside the city of Detroit.


Freelance writer Danielle Alexander, a two-time MSU alum, will for sure be there in, of course, her green and white.

Photo credit: Michigan State University