Missed Michigan Central Station Tour Tickets? Here’s How You Can Still See the Depot

Approximately 60,000 tickets have been claimed by people who want to be among the first to see the renovated Michigan Central Station next month, and passes for the June 6 kickoff concert sold out within minutes — but that won’t be the only time the public can access the station.

“Summer at the Station” Event Details

“Summer at the Station” will kick off on June 21, allowing the public to access the first floor of the former depot on Friday evenings and on Saturdays through August. No appointments will be needed.

High Demand for Initial Tours and Concert Tickets

On Wednesday, free tickets for “Live from Detroit: The Concert at Michigan Central” on June 6 were claimed within five minutes, spokesman Dan Austin said. Availability for tickets to open house tours at the station ended shortly after 5 p.m. with nearly all tickets claimed.

Why the Excitement?

“It’s not surprising that the community is just as excited as we are about the rebirth of Michigan Central Station,” Austin said. “We can’t wait to share the incredible work done by 3,100 tradesmen and women to bring this landmark back to life.”

The Journey of Michigan Central Station

Ford Motor Co. acquired the long-vacant Corktown train station in 2018 from its previous owners, the Moroun family, who also own the Ambassador Bridge. After six years and a $940 million renovation budget, the depot finally is set to open to anchor an advanced mobility technology hub.

What’s Next for the Station?

Although the company is giving community members the chance to see what’s been done to the station, there’s still work to be done to fill out the public space with retailers, places for food and drinks and more, along with filling its 18-story tower, which will include Ford employees in the future.

Summer Public Access Schedule

Construction for that will happen through summer with the work pausing for the “Summer at the Station” public access. Visitors will be able to access the station from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays from June 21 to Aug. 31. There is a free app guests can download for a narrated tour.

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How to Experience the Station Without Tickets

Tickets for the concert and open-house tours running June 7-16 originally were offered Tuesday morning, but organizers quickly paused transactions when overwhelming demand crashed the website. They were made available again on Wednesday morning. Organizers said they were expecting 60,000 visitors during the first days of the opening and 15,000 for the concert.

Michigan Central Station
Michigan Central Station

Open House Tours – What to Expect

The open house tours will include a look through the ground floor of the station to see its multimillion dollar transformation and learn about its history and its role in the stories of Detroit and its people. Visitors will hear from those who worked there or caught trains and see artifacts that were found in the building, as well as those returned by the community. Those who attend also can take in an immersive experience from the renowned Reddymade art team.

“Live from Detroit” Concert Details

The “Live from Detroit” 90-minute outdoor concert on June 6 will commence the festivities in front of the station “headlined by some of Detroit’s biggest stars.”

A Star-Studded Event

The standing-room-only show will feature short films, appearances by local leaders, creators telling stories of innovation and culture. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m.

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Who’s Performing?

Organizers haven’t announced performers. The concert is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment, an Emmy-winning production company that has produced Super Bowl Halftime Shows. The outdoor concert also will be livestreamed.


The excitement around the reopening of Michigan Central Station is palpable, with thousands eager to witness the transformation. If you missed out on tickets, don’t worry. “Summer at the Station” provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the historic depot and be part of its new chapter.


1. What is “Summer at the Station”?

“Summer at the Station” is an event starting June 21 that allows public access to the first floor of Michigan Central Station on Fridays and Saturdays through August.

2. Do I need tickets for “Summer at the Station”?

No tickets or appointments are needed for “Summer at the Station.”

3. What can I see during the open house tours?

The tours offer a look at the station’s multimillion-dollar transformation, its history, and artifacts found or returned to the building.

4. When will the public access be available?

Public access is available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays from June 21 to August 31.

5. Will there be more events in the future?

Yes, more events and access opportunities are likely as the station continues to develop its public spaces and services.

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