Head to Motown: An itinerary to Final Four weekend in Detroit

Wise GuidesCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

DETROIT - MARCH 30:  The Fist memorial, a sculpture by artist Robert Graham honoring heavyweight boxing champ, Joe Louis is seen near the General Motors world headquarters building, at Woodward and Jefferson Avenues March 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. Yesterday the Obama administration demanded the resignation of GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner as a condition of the administrations ongoing bailout plan for the struggling GM and Chrysler car companies.    (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Get downtown well before the game so you can check out what Detroit has to offer – seriously. Motown may be America’s most maligned big city, but there’s plenty to see and do near Ford Field before and after the game. Start at Nemo’s, a great sports bar by any measure that’s nestled right next to old Tiger Stadium about a mile from Ford Field. Nemo’s frequently has a shuttle to games, so fans park there and go that route. The Old Shillelagh is another popular downtown spot that’s even closer to the stadium, so you can walk to the game from there. … Downtown Detroit is fairly compact, so take a walk down to the riverfront or the Campus Martius Park on your way to the game. … If you get tired of hoofin’ it around, jump on the People Mover, which can get you within a couple of blocks of the stadium; exit at Grand Circus. … Ford Field is home to the NFL’s Lions and the Motor City Bowl, and is really better suited to football than hoops. But game hosts and the NCAA are hoping for attendance to reach 70,000, which would set a record. … The stadium is less than 10 years old and is a nice facility. An enormous glass wall provides natural light and shows off the Detroit skyline as well as Comerica Park next door. …  When hunger comes calling, hit the Charlie Sanders Grill for a barbeque sandwich topped off with cole slaw, a favorite among Lions’ fans, or something called Extreme Pork Nachos. Poletown Sausages are also a local favorite. … After the game, head to the nearby Greektown neighborhood with its many restaurants and bars, and the Greektown Casino if you’re so inclined. … You can get Greek food at the casino, but better yet head across the street to Laikon Caf