Arena: City Sports Center (CSC)
Year Built: Rink one in 1993 and rink two in 1994
Anchor Tenants: Wayne State University women, Detroit Red Wings practice facility and Grosse Pointe South and U of D Jesuit high schools.
Famous game: WSU hosted the 2003 and 2010 College Hockey America tournaments at the CSC. A 3-2 OT win over Mercyhurst on 2/23/2008 was also a historic milestone victory for the Green and Gold.
Unique item: The City Sports Center is former health and fitness center and was modified to house two NHL regulation size ice surfaces. Both rinks are connected by a glass-walled conference center, weight room, and locker rooms that are suspended over the main entrance to the facility.
Where to eat: Greektown with multiple great restaurants is just a few miles west on Lafayette. Pegasus and Golden Fleece and are local favorites. Downtown Detroit has some other gems like Foran’s Grand Trunk with many micro and craft beers on tap, the Detroit Brewing Company near Comerica Park brews their own great beers (Try the Milkshake Stout!) and good food, and Cheli’s Chili Bar is great for the hockey fans. The Old Shillelagh is also a fun Irish bar also in Greentown and Z’s Villa is a terrific historic bar just a few minutes north on Piquette that caters to the Wayne State faithful.
Best seats: With only 500 seats, there is really not a bad spot in the CSC. As usual, a spot at the top of the stands near the redline will give you the best view of the full ice service. There are also a few round tables near the end boards on the north side of the rink that are a great spot to have take down the usual concession stand fare and get up close and personal to the rink.
Attractions: It’s Detroit, so you’ve got the Wings, Lions, Tigers, Pistons, MoTown, Science Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, etc, etc, etc. The best thing to is to check out VisitDetroit.com.
Photo courtesy of Mark Hicks & Wayne State Athletics.