It’s hard to imagine the Pittsburgh Penguins ever being on the same plane as the Detroit Red Wings.
But when they meet in the opening game of their season on Friday, the Penguins will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the Detroit Tigers for the first time in more than three decades.
The Tigers are playing in the inaugural American Water Series, a showcase of the city’s water resources and facilities.
While the Pittsburgh team will have access to the Tigers’ own locker room, the city of Detroit has access to a much larger, open-air stadium and outdoor seating areas.
That’s what gives the Penguins the opportunity to use the Tigers as an opportunity to showcase the city to fans in the U.S. and abroad.
The city’s first indoor arena is the new Joe Louis Arena, which opened in October and opened to the public in November.
The Penguins will play at Joe Louis on Thursday and Friday.
The first Penguins game will be in Detroit on Saturday.
Here’s what you need to know about the Tigers.