OK, Detroit is Hockeytown, but there may just be room for another sport created in Canada – at least for eight weeks.
Every Monday and Tuesday from 6 – 10 p.m. through February 28 you can watch broomball at The Rink at Campus Martius. It’s a great way to meet new people, find out about a new sport and enjoy downtown Detroit.
In broomball players don’t use sticks, skates and a puck. Instead they play with a grapefruit-sized ball, broom, and rubber-soled sneakers. Six players per team move up and down the ice trying to score the most goals and claim victory at the end of two 12-minute halves.
Players come from as far away Armada, Mich., to play broomball. It’s an old game dating back to the early 1900s and is popular mostly in the northern half of the U.S. and Canada.
This year, many metro Detroit businesses are represented on the ice. Quicken Loans, Meridian Health Plan, Ford Motor Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Plante Moran, Honigman, Ash & Erie, Kautex, and Green Lancer all have teams playing in the league.
The Downtown Detroit Partnership and Come Play Detroit teamed up to bring broomball back to The Rink at Campus Martius Park. Come Play Detroit organizes unique and active social experiences in Metro Detroit. Besides broomball it has basketball, bowling, volleyball, ping pong, flag football and kickball leagues not to mention euchre and bubble soccer. It also hosts multicultural social events and partners with community development organizations that are dedicated to the attraction and retention of young adults in southeastern Michigan.
So come play in Detroit. Maybe you’d like to start a team.