(Southfield) —  97.1 The Ticket hosts its second annual SportsFest, the ultimate sports fan appreciation event, on Saturday, February 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Suburban Collection Showplace (46100 Grand River Avenue Novi, Michigan), formerly Rock Financial Showplace. Admission is free for the whole family to enjoy this celebration of Detroit sports. Parking is $5.

Fans can meet and greet current and former stars of their favorite Detroit teams: the Lions, the Tigers, the Red Wings and the Pistons.

NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders will be making a special appearance and signing a limited number of autographs for his legion of fans. Other well-known athletes scheduled to appear include former Tigers pitchers Frank Tanana, Dave Rozema and Dan Petry; former Tigers outfielder Rick Leach; Detroit Lions linebacker Zack Follett; and former Detroit Red Wings forward Darren McCarty. Additional athlete appearances will be announced. 

In addition to autograph signing sessions, attendees also will be able to enjoy interactive games and round-table discussions, meet 97.1 The Ticket on-air personalities, see impressive sports memorabilia and even hang out at the Sports Pub. For the kids, inflatables, mascot appearances, speed pitch machines and youth clinics will make it a day to remember. Log on to 971theticket.com for a complete schedule of events and autograph signing procedures.

“Our Detroit sports fans are fantastic and we want to make SportsFest bigger and better for them each year,” said Jimmy Powers, 97.1 The Ticket Program Director. “Our partnerships with all of the Detroit sports teams allows us to put the players and the fans together under one roof, providing them an opportunity to mix and mingle together, guarantees everyone a great time.”

Owned and operated by CBS RADIO, 97.1 The Ticket is Detroit’s sports station, offering play-by-play for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. 97.1 The Ticket can be heard online at 971theticket.com. CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States is a division of CBS Corporation. CBS RADIO operates 130 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets.  In Detroit, CBS RADIO also owns and operates WOMC-FM, WYCD-FM, WVMV-FM, WXYT AM/FM and WWJ-AM.

31555 W. 14 Mile Rd. Suite 102 Southfield, MI 48334   (248) 855-5100 phone www.971theticket.com

Autograph procedure will be announced shortly. Check back soon.

Click HERE for Barry Sanders Autograph Procedure

Comments (8)
  1. blanca says:

    I attented this event last year. It was alright for the first time. But i have to say that the radio people had the ticket / autograph sessions so messed up. They need to do a better job. So many people couldn’t get in line to get some of the autographs because they were still in the other lines and they wouldn’t get a ticket for the other session, unless you had an exra friend to help you out. That was the bad part.
    You need to come up with a better system for the passing out of the tickets.

    1. awgdawg says:

      amen; blanca more like 2-3 friends to wait in all the lines, had one helper with me luckily or probably wouldn’t have gotten to many autos plus still missed a lot of players at last one am hoping this year is better

  2. mike says:

    I went last year and had a great time with my girlfriend… we were planing on going this year for Barry’s autograph but we decided not to waste our time waiting in line for how ever long and it doesn’t guarantee an autograph. It should be just like everyother show… if you want the “big name” player show up early and wait in line!

  3. John393 says:

    Very nice site!

  4. John953 says:

    Very nice site!

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