The Detroit Lions, once considered one of the NFL’s underperforming teams, are now making history, and their Cinderella run is turning heads, even Eminem’s. This weekend, their playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Detroit is making headlines, with ticket prices reaching an average of $1,097, making it the most expensive Divisional playoff game ever and the second-most expensive non-Super Bowl playoff game.
But it’s not just ticket vendors cashing in on the Lions’ success. Bars, restaurants, casinos, and hotels in downtown Detroit are experiencing a surge in demand following the team’s first playoff victory in 32 years. According to consulting firm Anderson Economic Group, the Detroit metro economy is expected to receive a $52 million boost from this single playoff game.
This economic stimulus projection includes fan spending inside and outside the stadium, benefiting businesses like hotels, restaurants, stores, and bars. The Detroit Lions’ success has given the city a much-needed boost, drawing attention to its ongoing revitalization efforts.
As Detroit seeks to rebuild its image on the national stage, this unexpected spotlight on the city offers an opportunity to showcase its urban gardens, vibrant apartments, and Instagram-worthy restaurants beyond its industrial reputation. Despite its challenges, Detroit has bounced back with private investments and is gradually recovering from its economic setbacks……..[read more]
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