One way to really get to know a city is to go see one of their sporting events. There seems to be a sense of camaraderie in a city while they are all coming together against a ‘common enemy’, and there are always more people wandering around on game days, which can help ease any anxiety about exploring alone. Also, you can usually find reasonably priced tickets to these events if you aren’t too picky about where you sit.
Recently, I was lucky enough to get to sing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game with the chorus from my college, and we got free tickets to the game. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take any pictures while we were on the field, but our seats wound up being close to the field anyway (and they only would have been $15.00 full price anyway, which is about the same price as a movie ticket around here). Also, we were able to move even closer to the field because we ran into some friends who happened to be there, and the mid-week game wasn’t very full.
One of the best parts about sporting events, and baseball in particular, is the food. Because our tickets were paid for, I was able to splurge a little on food. If any of you know me, you know that I am very bad at resisting food, and I may have gone a little overboard on snacks.
After the game, I met up with my mom for even more food. We wound up at one of our favorite sushi bars, Willow Sushi Xpress Hibachi.
My mom and I are always hesitant to get too crazy with our sushi orders, but we’ve never been disappointed with the quality at Willow Sushi. They even have a really nice soy wrap option. We ended up playing it safe with California rolls (with cream cheese) and shrimp tempura rolls with eel sauce.
Even if you’re not a huge sports fan, it can be fun to try new things and get involved in the places that you visit!