TAILGATING

Ever since the Detroit Lions moved downtown to Ford Field in 2002, Eastern Market has been a lively, open-air gathering place for thousands of enthusiastic Lions fans. Our parking lots provide a great place to cook burgers, brats and whatever strikes your taste buds. There are lots of places to park and set up party space around your car, van, RV or bus, and toss a football or a beanbag. When it's game time, you can grab a shuttle (they arrive every 15 minutes) or make the 10-minute walk across the bridge to Ford Field.

Tailgating at Eastern Market is a high-octane experience. Beyond the thrill of being there, part of the proceeds support our mission of operating the market, providing access to good food and growing local food businesses and jobs.

All you need to join tailgating day is a parking pass. You can order parking passes and shuttle wristbands online. Or you can download an application and bring it to the Eastern Market Office ( 2934 Russell Street) or the Eastern Market Welcome Center (1445 Adelaide Street) on game day. Lots are open four hours before game time and close one hour after the game.

If you purchase 10 or more spaces, we suggest sending all your tickets with one person and asking them to arrive early to get the best spot. Several area restaurants, including Vivio's Food and Spirits and Roma Café, offer free shuttle service with restaurant purchases.

Parking: $40 per space. (RVs and other large vehicles may require additional spaces.)

Shuttle: $5 per person (round trip). Shuttles arrive every 15 minutes at three locations along Russell Street.


Contact us with any questions about tailgating at Eastern Market.

Upcoming Events

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get our newest maps and recipes, use our bathrooms, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

Every Saturday, year-round

7am – 4pm

Every Tuesday, June–end of October, plus Thanksgiving Week

9am – 3pm

Every Sunday, June–end of October, plus Thanksgiving Week

10am – 4pm

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)
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We're a nonprofit company, so we rely on the generosity of a fantastic group of volunteers. But we always need more. Check our listings to find an event or activity that matches your interests.

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Want to be a market vendor?

Eastern Market thrives on a rich diversity of food, art, wearables and other goods. If you're excited about what you have to offer, there's a good chance we will be too. Start by reviewing our vendor handbook. Then download an application.

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