Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.

Giant Basketball Gas Tank in River Rouge/Detroit, Michigan

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Some roadside attractions are built from scratch to mimic whatever the artist wants them to be. Others make use of what already exists to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. Such is the case with this giant basketball gas tank on the highway outside of Detroit, Michigan.

An oil tank on I-75 in River Rouge, Michigan, is painted to look like a giant basketball. It’s decorated on one side with the Detroit Pistons logo (celebrating their 2004 championship) and, on the other, with the WNBA Detroit Shock team logo. It’s the perfect use for the large, spherical tank at the Marathon oil refinery that might have otherwise been an eyesore.

I saw this big ball on a road trip through Michigan where I also stopped to see a cow on a roof of a convenience store and plenty of Big Boy statues. Seeing this roadside attraction along the way was a slam dunk!

Now, where’s the world’s largest basketball hoop?

Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.

Giant Basketball Oil Tank

Location: Off of I-75 near the River Rouge/Detroit Border
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible
Date: May 30, 2009

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An oil tank on the highway outside of Detroit, Michigan, painted to be a giant basketball celebrates the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock teams. See this weird roadside attraction from the highway on a Michigan road trip or add the big basketball to your travel itinerary and bucket list of places to visit on a Michigan road trip.
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An oil tank on the highway outside of Detroit, Michigan, painted to be a giant basketball celebrates the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock teams. See this weird roadside attraction from the highway on a Michigan road trip or add the big basketball to your travel itinerary and bucket list of places to visit on a Michigan road trip.
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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