Here in Detroit, basketball is king! With the sport being one of the most popular, it’s no wonder there are so many avid basketball players in the area. But Detroit is also home to some of the worst weather and cold winters, so how do ballers get their fix when they can’t play outside? Enter any of the top-notch indoor facilities that Detroit has to offer. Here are some of the Motor City’s best courts to try out with your family and friends this year.

The Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse; Photo courtesy of Michael Ferro


Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse
1120 W. State Fair Ave.
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 368-0055
www.joedumarsfieldhouse.com

The Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse is one of the original Detroit institutions in the last few decades devoted to the sport and play for youths, but they also cater to groups of any ages, with plenty of different options for court rentals to play some basketball with friends. Joe Dumars’ Fieldhouse also offers many different types of courts to rent for different prices, including the full-size professional courts that will have you and your friends feeling like the Detroit Pistons.

Boll Family YMCA
1401 Broadway
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 309-9622
ymcadetroit.org

One of the best indoor sports centers in Detroit is located right downtown at the Boll Family YMCA. Not only are there free indoor basketball courts for anyone to use, but there are also plenty of other indoor sports activities, including a rock climbing wall, volleyball courts and much more. A highly-regarded aspect of the Detroit sporting scene, the Boll Family YMCA is a treasure that will offer many possibilities for a long Detroit winter or bad weather days.

Ford Community And Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 943-2350
www.dearbornfordcenter.com

Another great option for Detroiters to look into is the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Here there is not only a great working performing arts center for the community, but plenty of sports and indoor fitness activities as well. There are plenty of indoor basketball courts, as well as other courts to choose from. Fitness plans are available with corporate discounts for those looking to get a full fitness center out of the deal.

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Livonia Community Activities Center
15100 Hubbard St
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 466-2900
www.ci.livonia.mi.us

The Livonia Community Activities Center is a well-loved aspect of the community with plenty of sports and fitness options for nearby residents to enjoy, including plenty of indoor basketball courts and related activities. While their basketball courts are one of the top features at the center, they also have a swimming pool, personal training options and lots more. Check out their website if you wish to find out more about their many options available (including a climbing wall).

The Warren Community Center basketball court; Photo courtesy of Michael Ferro


Warren Community Center
5460 Arden Ave.
Warren, MI 48092
(586) 268-8400
www.cityofwarren.org

Located just north of the city of Detroit, in the suburb of Warren, lies the heralded Warren Community Center. Many residents claim that the WCC is the envy of nearby cities and towns because of the great features in the community center, including full indoor basketball courts, two pools and a water slide and a fitness center. There are also open hours on the basketball courts so residents can come together for a game to play against their fellow residents or organize a larger game if they wish. For more options, please visit their website.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.