Pro Sports Teams in MI
The great state of Michigan is no slouch when it comes to great sports teams and even greater fandom.
So whether you're a diehard Detroit fan, or you're simply looking for some exciting action while visiting the Great Lakes State, check out the great pro sports teams in Michigan:
1. Detroit Lions
Established all the way back in 1930, the Detroit Lions of the National Football League are one the premiere franchises in the Motor City, capturing the attention of thousands of Michigan sports fans each and every Sunday in the fall.
Playing home games in the comfort of the Ford Field, the Lions defend home field against longtime NFC North rival squads like the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings. Cheer on the boys in Honolulu blue this season.
2. Detroit Red Wings
Notoriously one of the NHL’s “Original Six,” the Detroit Red Wings are one of the most decorated hockey teams in all of professional hockey, having won over 10 Stanley Cups since their inception in 1926.
Donning red and white, Detroit hockey fans pack Joe Louis Arena during the winter and spring, cheering on the beloved Red Wings as they out-skate the competition within the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
3. Detroit Tigers
Wither over 100 years of MLB tradition, the Detroit Tigers serve as the city’s most storied franchise, having been one of the American League’s eight charter baseball teams in the early 20th century.
And each and every summer since 1901, Michigan baseball fans have spent relaxing summer afternoons at Comerica Park, the Tigers’ home ballpark for over a decade.
4. Detroit Pistons
Although nearly 80 years old, the Detroit Pistons are technically the youngsters when it comes to Michigan’s four major sports franchises, having been founded in just 1941.
Known for their hard-nosed style of play, and the infamous “Bay Boys” era, Detroit’s beloved NBA team is considered must-see sports action, playing their home games at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills.
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5. Lansing Lugnuts
Over in the central MI city of Lansing, baseball fans won’t find a shortage of competitive baseball, as the Lansing Lugnuts, Class-A affiliate of the Tornoto Blue Jays, play home games at Cooley Law Stadium.
Bring your glove and catch a game this summer; the former Midwest League champions take the diamond from April through September, often times field future MLB sluggers in the process.
6. West Michigan Whitecaps
Interested in seeing where the Tigers hone their homerun-hitting power, or where their ace perfected his strikeout pitch? Then take in a West Michigan Whitecaps game at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.
Yes, the Whitecaps have been the Class-A affiliate of the big dogs – err, cats – of Michigan, the Detroit Tigers, since 1997. They’re not too shabby, either – the Whitecaps are multi-time Midwest League champs.
7. Kalamazoo Wings
Michigan’s other winged hockey club, the Kalamazoo Wings, have made a name for themselves since joining the East Coast Hockey League in 1999, playing their home games at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo.
Too, the Michigan tradition of championship-level ice hockey isn’t lost on the Wings – they’ve claimed multiple conference championships, AHL titles, division titles, and even a Calder Cup since their inaugural season.
8. Grand Rapids Griffins
While the Whitecaps tear it up in the summer, the Grand Rapids Griffins shred the ice in the winter, defending home ice at the Van Andel Arena.
And much like the Whitecaps and Lugnuts in baseball, the Griffins are affiliates of the hometown Red Wings; so when you’re rooting for the home team this season, keep your eye out for the next Gordie Howe.
9. Traverse City Beach Bums
Despite their moniker, the Traverse City Beach Bums are anything but when they take diamond at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City in the summer.
The Bums have the special distinction of not being affiliated with any MLB club, unlike the Whitecaps and Lugnuts. Take special advantage and check out some Frontier League baseball this summer.
10. Great Lakes Lagoons
Also members of the MiLB’s Midwest League, the Great Lakes Loons bring their A-game to Dow Diamond in Midland each and every summer, looking to bring home another league title.
As longtime affiliates to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Loons are no stranger to excellent prospects and former All-Stars making their way through their farm system.