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Comerica Park, also affectionately known as the CoPa amongst many locals, is the home of the Detroit Tigers and is nestled in the heart of downtown Detroit in the Fox Town District. The stadium is in the midst of its 14th year of existence after opening in 2000 and replacing a beloved Detroit icon in Tiger Stadium. Comparing the two stadiums is a favorite pastime of Detroiters, however that has not stopped Tiger fans from coming out in droves to the tune of more than 3 million fans in both 2012 and 2013.
The ballpark has definitely seen the lowest of lows and the highest highs with the dreadful teams that occupied the facility in the early 2000s to now having a team that is routinely competing for a championship and has hosted October baseball in three consecutive seasons (2011-2013).
Comerica Park does not necessarily get the publicity of other parks around the league, thus making it a bit under-rated among many of the stadium ranking lists that are out there. The park has done an amazing job of reminding the fan where you are and the team you are seeing, while blending the history of the storied franchise with the history that is currently being made.
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Comerica Park has quickly adapted to the burgeoning beer industry in Michigan with several spots throughout the ballpark to pick up local favorites. The stadium also does a good job of catering to those with tastes for more nationally known craft beers, in addition to the standard Budweiser and Miller Lite offerings. No one can argue that it is not a cheap endeavor buying a beer at Comerica Park, but the prices are not out of line compared to other MLB stadiums. New in 2014 to the stadium, is the New Amsterdam 416 Bar which sits above the right field bleachers and offers a large fire for those chilly, early season nights, several couches and a full circular bar with multiple flat panel TVs.
For those of you not into the suds, the stadium also has frozen drink stands, as well as a unique offering of moonshine cocktails.
The food offerings have also matured to meet the demands of fans who no longer want the "standard" ballpark fare. The stadium's food offerings are anchored by the Big Cat Court, which offers a variety of options in a food court setting. Among the options, there is a specialty hot dog stand with toppings that range from macaroni and cheese to gravy ($7), a Mexican food station with street tacos ($10) and a stand with Michigan-made ice cream. Seasonal favorites can also be found including strawberry shortcake ($6) and fresh cider and donuts.
A BBQ outlet was also recently added and features smoked pork macaroni and cheese ($9.75), pulled pork nachos ($9.50) and wait for it... bacon on a stick ($5).
For the traditionalists, the stadium still offers more than enough outlets to pick-up hot dogs ($4.50), peanuts ($4.75) and pretzels ($4.50). You also cannot forget the numerous Little Caesar's stands throughout the park, as it is certainly a "staple" offering due to the common owner of the Tigers and the pizza chain. Slices will run you $2.75 with whole pizzas costing $15. For the most part, all of the specialty food offerings can be found on the main concourse with the more generic offerings in the Upper Reserved and Mezzanine levels.
Comerica Park is back-dropped by the Detroit skyline which provides fans inside the foul poles excellent views when they are not watching the game. The Tigers also recently updated their scoreboard which now provides fans with a widescreen, high-definition experience. The "must do" picture opportunity for any first time visitor should be at the main entrance where a larger than life Tiger statue greets visitors. Fans can comfortably fit their entire family underneath the Tiger's menacing, swiping paw to capture a great memory.
Comerica Park also does a fine job of paying homage to the franchise's rich history. Throughout the main concourse, fans will find exhibits recognizing each decade of the franchise. In addition, beyond left field the Tigers have erected statues of several of their legendary players along the concourse, including Ty Cobb, Al Kaline and Hank Greenberg. The statues are quite detailed and are definitely worth a stroll out to see them.
The stadium also features entertainment for the kids, with a ferris wheel and carousel located in the main concourse level. Of course there is an extra charge for these rides, but it is fairly reasonable at $1 and provides the kids another reason to look forward to going to the ball game. Every Sunday is Kids Day which features free rides for all children, a souvenir give-away upon entrance to the stadium and the chance to run the bases after the game.
With the high attendance levels, the Tigers have incrementally added seats to give new and unique perspectives on the game. The first set of new seating is perched on top of Jungle restaurant far beyond the right center field wall. The bleacher-style seating is cheaper than most seats, but that comes with a significant distance between you and the game. As part of the aforementioned New Amsterdam bar expansion, several rows of seats were also added at the top of the right field bleachers. Although the seats may not put you in the heart of the action, they provide several other perks including cushioned-swivel seats with a bar top area in front of you to accommodate all of your food and beverages. The seating also features wait staff, to ensure you never have to miss a Miguel Cabrera at bat.
The stadium is situated in the middle of downtown Detroit and that gives fans a variety of pre and post-game options for both food and entertainment. These options have certainly multiplied as the years have gone by and as the city progresses through its revitalization. For great rooftop views, check out Hockeytown and Cheli's Chili, both of which are within earshot of the Comerica Park crowd. These places are very popular and thus very crowded before and after games.
Within a ten minute walk of the stadium you will find Greektown, which offers a variety of great dining options all within a couple block radius. If you are looking for something a bit off the beaten path, Traffic Jam & Snug and Motor City Brewing Works are also two amazing options, although they are not within walking distance of the stadium, both are certainly well worth the stop.
One unique thing that Detroit offers is its copious amount of restaurants that have retrofitted school buses to shuttle fans to and from the game. This is a great perk that allows fans to go to a restaurant further away from the stadium and then get dropped off right outside the stadium. Most shuttles are free and they even allow you to finish up the beverage of your choice while riding to the game. Some of the more well know places that offer these services are Nemo's, Bookies, Harry's, and Niki's Pizza.
For your souvenir needs, check out Gameday Detroit, which is within a block of the stadium. They are typically much cheaper than stores inside the stadium and offer a great assortment of clothing for every member of the family.
For those of you looking for even more ways to spend your money in the city, Detroit also offers three casinos at varying distances from the stadium, with the Greektown Casino being the closest and within walking distance of the park.
Although Detroit typically does not have a sparkling reputation in terms of safety, it is very safe in and immediately around the stadium.
Detroit fans take their baseball very seriously and it shows in the team's attendance. With the Tigers being Detroit's best option for a championship at this time, fans are embracing the opportunity to watch a winner with a team that potentially has multiple future Hall of Famers on its roster. No logo in baseball may be as synonymous with its city as the "Olde English D" and most fans wear it in some way or another when attending a Tigers game.
Comerica Park is very accessible via freeways, with several feeding into downtown Detroit suburbs. Public transportation is not the best of options, after all it is the Motor City and the local population is expected to do its part to support the auto manufacturers. The People Mover train does offer service from various points within the downtown perimeter, but won't help you too much if you are travelling in from the suburbs.
Parking can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. This certainly depends on your comfort level navigating the Detroit streets, but if do get to the city early enough there is certainly an opportunity to park for free on the street within only a few blocks of the stadium. If you aren't lucky enough to score free parking, there are plenty of lots and garages that vary in price depending on how close you park to the stadium.
Inside the stadium, you can navigate around the entire stadium via the open main concourse. The mezzanine (200 level) can be accessed via stairs and elevator, while the Upper Reserved (300 level) seats can additionally be reached by escalator and ramps.
Ticket prices have escalated over the past couple of seasons, but if you do your research the experience can be very affordable. As in every stadium, you will absolutely pay a premium to be close to the field on a Friday or Saturday night in the summer, but good deals can be found on summer weeknights. The Tigers have adopted dynamic and tiered pricing, meaning you will pay less to see a game in April compared to a game in the summer when the kids are out of school. Like everything, it is all based on supply and demand and right now it is a seller's market in Detroit, especially for the showcase games. If you have the opportunity, plan ahead and get the tickets to the big games early. If you want to save money, utilize the free parking as previously mentioned and bring in some of you own food. The Tigers have a very liberal policy on outside food and drink, so take advantage of it. Not only will it save you money, but reduce your time in concession lines.
Overall, the product on the field certainly makes the ticket prices easier to swallow with a team that trots out some of the biggest names in the game on a daily basis. Any stadium experience these days will be costly depending on the experience you want, but with the quality of the stadium and the talent on the team, you are not going to find too many experiences in MLB that are better at the moment.
Every Friday and Saturday night games from May until the end of the season features on field fireworks, which adds another level of entertainment and also reduces the risk of your family asking to leave the game early.
The Tigers have retired seven numbers in their history including; Charlie Gehringer (#2), Hank Greenberg (#5), Al Kaline (#6), Sparky Anderson (#11), Hal Newhouser (#16), Willie Horton (#23), and of course Jackie Robinson (#42). Ty Cobb wore no number so there is nothing to retire.
Overall, a journey to Comerica Park is well worth the time and money with great features, such as panoramic city views, a variety of seating options and cool extra touches, such as the tiger statues throughout the park's property. The park has done a great job of evolving to meet the needs of every fan that walks through the turnstiles and is slowly building a history of its own after replacing a Detroit landmark.
Completed in 2000, Comerica Park ushered the Detroit Tigers into the 21st century. A stark contrast from rustic Tiger Stadium, Detroit's new wide-aisled, well-decorated home features many amusements for both adults and children.
Tiger Stadium was my first ballpark experience, and while I miss the old classic park, Comerica is really a great place to see a game. The field is slightly raised, giving those people with seats near the field amazing views. I will definitely be making a trip to Comerica this year.
Just took my 3 year-old son to his first Tigers game yesterday. He loved the experience, and it was clear that the Tigers have made family-friendly a priority. I thought that food & beverage was fine, but a bit overpriced. I do love the Little Caesar's pizza, and it tastes extra good there to me. The atmosphere is great, and they do a good job of combining the tradition of a 100+ year old team, with a new, and fun stadium.
The neighborhood has gone from abysmal to passing to above average in the past decade. The fans are above average and the park is very easy to get to. Bathroom lines were a bit long later in the game, and not as clean as I would like.
Costs are a little high on all counts., bu tnot unreasonable.
Extra points for the baseball ferris wheel, and Tigers carousel. Also for the great statues in left field, and newer statue of Ernie Harwell in the concourse behind home plate.
I'm glad you and your son enjoyed yourselves in my home away from home.
I hope you visited one of the several baseball card stands in the concourse. A newer feature, you could have jump started your son's baseball card collection, while giving him his first Detroit baseball experience.
Food and Beverage -
The food and drinks here are mostly ballpark fare, and since the Tigers are owned by the Illitches, Little Caesars is crammed down your throat when you are there. There are a few upscale bars and clubs inside the ballpark if it tickles your fancy, but the concourse food and beer (Budweiser and Labatt products, $8.50 a 24 oz can from vendors) is pretty in depth and on the pricey side as well. I'd recommend eating at a restaurant or bar (Nemo's is my choice - down across the street from where Tiger Stadium was) before coming to the game. If you can find them, the church right next to CoPa will frequently sell peanuts for cheap outside the ballpark.
Tiger fans know their baseball, and the majority of them are the blue collar "tell you like it is" fans and absolutely hate the Yankees and White Sox (and the Twins recently) with more passion than usual. Gameday atmosphere is usually pretty good unless the Tiggers are awful or the game is meaningless.
For being in downtown Detroit, the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark isn't bad at all. There are many Detroit landmarks within walking distance, such as the Fox Theatre, Ford Field and Hockeytown Cafe which are all across one street or another. There's a Cheli's Chili Bar and an upscale bar over by the Detroit Athletic Club, but I wouldn't traverse too far north, east or west as everything quickly deteriorates the farther away you get from the stadium district.
Detroit fans are some of the best fans and most diverse of any sport that I have seen. There are always a contingent of baseball-smart guys, the boyfriend-girlfriends just out for a game, drunks and rich people. The fans overall are great, smart and yearn for a winner more than any other sports team in Detroit.
Comerica Park is right off of a few highways and can be spotted from a couple miles away on the highway. Parking is not a problem, and it's the "closer to the stadium the more expensive it is" variety. The Tigers advertise $5 dollar parking as part of their "Always $5" deals (others being hot dogs, and skyline (upper deck left field next to the scoreboard)), but it's pretty iffy as to security.
Return on Investment -
Every time I go to a ballgame here, I always feel like I have a good experience, but I'm not ecstatic about the prices. At least they base the ticket prices on who they are playing and what time of the year it is. The ticket prices are quite reasonable, it's just the concessions that I'm not a fan of. The ballpark is not the same as Tiger Stadium, but that's not necessarily a terrible thing.
Extras - I'll give one star for how nice it is to walk the concourse before or after the game, and one for the nice Tiger carosel and baseball ferris wheel.
There are so many extras to entertain the kiddos that I think this park can really make for a great day out with the whole family.
So, I've never thought of this before, but if you are attending a game at Comerica Park, make sure you check to see if there are any event sat Ford Field the same night. I went on the night that Taylor Swift was playing at the home of the Lions. Parking was a nightmare, and costly ($30). Luckily the game ended before the concert.
Food and Beverage 3/5
They have all the basic ballpark food items. They do try to put little ceasers down your throat. They had a good deal on a hot dog combo for $5 that came with a hot dog, a soft drink, and a bag of chips. Had a decent selection of beers. Overall, prices were average, the food selection was above average, and the food quality was average.
There really wasn't a buzz around the ballpark before the game other than the Taylor Swift concert that was across the street. There was hardly any tailgating for the game. There's a few nice bars in the area like Hockeytown and Cheli's. The area around the ballpark felt safe. The workers inside were very friendly and probably the friendliest out of all the ballparks I've been to (I've only been to 4).
Not much of a downtown to explore in detroit. Seeing the skyline during the game was good, but I know that other staduims have a better skyline. I wouldn't venture out too many blocks of Comerica Park. During the game there's a heavy police presence outside of the ballpark.
The fans we spoke to were friendly. The fans were involved in the game. They all seem to love Brandon Inge.
The ballpark is right of the highway and was easy to get to the stadium and to get out of the stadium. I'm just grateful that the Taylor Swift concert didn't get out at the same time as the Tigers game.
Return on Investment 4/5
We got great tickets for a decent price. I'm from the Chicagoland and used to paying a lot for a good seat. There was fireworks after the game which was a bonus.
They have a ferris wheel in the ball park which is unqiue, but there's not much else to the park. The team has good talent with Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander.
Being a City of Detroit native and having attended several games at Tiger Stadium during the World Series winning 1984 season, I was very sad when they tore down the old stadium and built a new stadium. The minimalist, proletariat Tiger Stadium had a tough love quality that always appealed to me. So on my first visit to Comerica Park I was primed to be disappointed. Indeed, I found the giant cats in the entry way to be cheesy and a tad vulgar. We had the worst seats possible that night, top deck- which should've sealed the deal..... however, the beer venders came frequently and were friendly, the Tigers won that game and there were free fireworks afterward. Getting in and out was easy, and parking was nearby and not very expensive. Darn Comerica Park won me over! On my second visit, we had much better seats, and as a Mom-to-be I appreciated all the kids' activities. I reluctantly enjoyed that visit even more than the first. Though I will still take my kids to see the old home of Tiger Stadium in Cork Town, I will definitely take them to Comerica Park for a game, too.
Back in 2001 when I attended Comerica park for the Tigers/Yankees game, I was amazed at the features it had in it. And now, I literally can't stop thinking about going again. It has a ferris wheel and a carousel, the food's delicious and the view of Detroit from the upper deck is picture perfect. The atmosphere is very electric and they offer great things for kids including the "Tigers kids club", their mascot "PAWS" who can be seen throughout the park at all home games and other neat things. It's inexpensive and a great time waster. So come on down to the cheer on Motown.
The opening of Comerica Park in 2000 was met with a great deal of resistance by Tigers fans who had developed a strong bond with Tiger Stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. In many ways, Comerica Park was the antithesis of the old home of the Tigers. It was criticized for being too much of a carnival atmosphere, lacking the classic charm of the old navy-colored ball yard.
The criticism of Comerica Park has been unjust. It is a completely fair sentiment to miss Tiger Stadium (especially now that it’s been demolished), or to believe that the Tigers should have never moved, but Comerica Park is of itself, a really wonderful stadium. Sentimentality aside, a trip to see the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park should be on the list for any fan of America’s Pastime.
The Tigers are one of the founding members of the American League from 1901, and the only one of the eight teams that has never changed their home city or nickname. The history is certainly there, the modern and comfortable ballpark is there, and the team itself has been rather good for the past several years, so this is a great time to see what Detroit has to offer.
I attended a game recently against the Rockies, and I have realized how much better the food selection is on the lower concourse. If you have upper deck tickets, which is my preference, be sure to buy your food on the lower concourse before ascending to your seats.
It took a lot of guts for Mike Illitch to knock down beloved Tiger Stadium and build Comerica Park, but I'm glad he did. Tiger fans of all ages can venture to this ballpark and be visually amazed at this masterpiece of a stadium. The most notable features of the field of play are the keyhole (the strip of dirt from home plate to the pitcher's mound) and the dirt around home plate being shaped like home plate.
Comerica Park's main appeal is the attention to detail inside and out. From the ornate tile, brickwork, and sculpted tigers on the outside of the stadium to the tiger carousel and baseball ferris wheel, this stadium has the best design in all of MLB. The statues honoring Tiger greats are beautiful, the scoreboard is massive, and the gameday atmosphere is electric. Even the metal drain covers underneath the General Motors fountain in centerfield have the Tigers logo on them!
I miss the stadium of old, RIP Tiger Stadium, but Comerica Park will always be a great place to watch baseball and the occasional concert.
Attended the Tigers/White Sox game on Sunday night, 9/2/12, with Verlander vs Sale and it was an absolute playoff atmosphere with over 42,000 in attendance. This really is a fantastic park, with good food, good fans, an improving neighborhood and wonderful sightlines. Every time I go, I like it a little more.
I took my five year old son to his first playoff baseball game at Comerica this season. It was Game 1 of the ALDS against Oakland. One thing that you need to know about playoff games is that you need to be entering the ballpark earlier than usual. Most fans paid a lot of money and they don't want to miss a pitch. It took us about 20 minutes to get in the main home plate gate.
We were able to make it in time for the first pitch, and seconds later Coco Crisp took a Justin Verlander pitch out to right field. It turned out to be the A's only run of the game, but it sure did instantly take the noise level down.
That aside, fans are amazing at a playoff game, as is the atmosphere, We sat in the fourth row of the upper deck near first base for $80/ticket. Well worth the money.
If you can go to a playoff MLB game, don't miss out. You won't regret it.
Anybody who has been to Comerica Park after going to Tiger Stadium for years will give it an unfair grade. Tiger Stadium was a classic park that to this day should not have been exposed to the wrecking ball. With that said, Comerica Park is a gem. I think most fans hate Comerica Park because it replaced Tiger Stadium and nothing more.
Yes, Comerica Park is pretty much the polar opposite of Tiger Stadium in every manner (away from the field of play, HR's hard to come by, and the baseball atmosphere isn't as there as Tiger Stadium as well as needless points of a Ferris Wheel and a Carousel), but some of it is good: better variety of food, sightlines and a lack of an overhang, and the area they put it is by far better than Tiger Stadium.
Games at Comerica seem to have a little more intensity now the Tigers have returned to near the top of the baseball world. The neighborhood has a few more things to go eat at and you won't have to avoid getting mugged/murdered as you feared might happen at Tiger Stadium. Parking is still sketchy at times, but not in a jam like it was at the old ballpark.
But it seems like there is something for everybody at the game, and that is quite all right with me.
It's a shame that such a beatiful ballpark exists in a dying city. The view of the city skyline is similar to sitting at PNC park in Pittsburgh. The crowd is energetic and they love their tigers. The wall of names in left field is also very nice and lets the crowd tie in to the rich history of the tigers. I have to say the food was nothing to right home about. The chilli dogs are meh. Good choice of beers especially the nice Canadian beers that they have on tap. All in all a great stadium and great atmosphere unfortunately once you travel about 2 miles outside of the stadium and you are in an urban death spiral. Such a shame.
I enjoyed my visit to Comerica Park but I’ll probably not head back to Detroit again (unless I go see a Red Wings game). Saw two excellent games – one a hit fest; the other a pitcher’s duel. The Sat evening game was Motown Night and the organization did a great job with the theme replaying Marvin Gaye’s 1968 singing of the National Anthem at Tigers Stadium, there were lots of trivia questions between innings, the Four Tops entertained the crowd on the concourse pre-game, and Duke Fakir threw out the first pitch. I’m not normally into entertainment outside the ballgame, but the Tigers did a nice job this night.
There’s a nice scoreboard which kept a good display of pitch count and speed and there were full crowds both games. I had good neighbors both nights. I didn’t eat at the stadium but it appeared there was a variety of choices. If you like trying local brews when visiting a ballpark, check out the Michigan Craft Beer concession. They have all Michigan beers and the service was excellent. Founders All Day IPA – Yum!
The biggest downside was the bathrooms were pretty disgusting (at least the ladies room). Water and paper all over a dirty cement floor, stalls were heavily scratched and had chipped paint.
If you haven’t been yet, plan on going. I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown just two blocks from the stadium and would recommend it.
And, I did go on the ferris wheel.
A great place to catch a game. My favorite seats are in left field where you can watch pitchers warmup in the bullpen. It is an easy stadium to get too and parking is easily accessible around the stadium with minimal walking. There are also some great eats around the stadium such as Rub & Pub BBQ. There is also plenty to do before the game once inside the stadium especially for kids with a carousel and also a ferris wheel with baseball shaped cars. Have been to plenty of games there and have always left extremly satisfied. A beautiful ballpark!
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