In 2000, after almost a century at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, the Detroit Tigers moved their ballgames to nearby Comerica Park along Woodward Avenue. Instead of the intimate, almost pleasingly claustrophobic feel of old Tiger Stadium, Comerica Park presents a wide open feel. It is a ballpark focused on a family friendly vibe.
The Tigers have made five playoff appearances since moving to Comerica Park, appearing in two World Series in the past decade (although losing both). The team has been successful at the box office as well, ranking in the top half of MLB every year since 2006.
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The concession options at Comerica Park continue to be an outstanding part of this stadium experience, but unfortunately prices also continue to be high. Although, to be fair, prices are about average compared to other MLB teams.
If you are an adventurous eater when you go to the ballpark, and like to try unique items or local fare, then check out the food court called the Big Cat Court, near the home plate entrance. Here you'll find the Michigan State Fair stand (deep fried Oreos and "Brat Pops"), Mexicantown Stand (try the quesadilla, especially if you want a good vegetarian option), Corktown Stand (terrific burgers), and Greektown Stand (try the Smokehouse fries).
Other tantalizing options include bacon on a stick, or Mac Daddy Dog (hot dog topped with mac & cheese and bacon bits).
A more basic selection would be to go with a Polish sausage ($6.75) from one of the sausage stands, or opt for a slice of Little Caesar's pizza ($6.25/slice or $12 for a pizza), which was founded by Tigers owner Mike Ilitch.
There is a new bar on the main concourse located section 123, just past the Big Cat Court, with 30 beers on tap and various craft cocktails. Another good option is the small Atwater Brewery concession ($10) about halfway down the third base side of the concourse. Most draft beers will cost $9.50 (Miller Lite and Molson Canadian among others), while premium beers (Leinenkugel) are $9.75 for a 20-ounce draft. Cans of beer will also be found by vendors roaming the stands ($8.50 per 20-ounce can of Miller Lite, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, and Molson Canadian).
If you are sitting in the upper deck sections of the ballpark, consider grabbing your food or drink of choice before heading up to your seats as the options are less plentiful once you leave the main concourse.
Comerica Park provides a great atmosphere for fans of all ages. Whether you follow the history of the game, are there for a fun day out with family, or just want to sit back and watch baseball, you'll enjoy your time at Comerica Park.
The giant tigers that surround the ballpark are a popular spot for fans to take a picture before the game, especially at the home plate entrance. Walk through this gate, and the next face you may see is the statue of beloved broadcaster, Ernie Harwell. He was truly one of the great announcers in the history of the game, spending 42 years broadcasting Tigers games. Harwell also has the distinction of being the only broadcaster to be traded for a player (back in 1948).
Take a left from the Ernie Harwell statue and enter Big Cat Court. Besides the great concession variety found here, is the carousel, popular with young fans. The cost for a ride is $2, although it is free on Sundays for kids.
From there, you can either take the escalator up to the upper levels, or see what the ballpark has to offer along the lower concourse. On the third base side you will find the baseball-stylized Ferris wheel. Take a few laps for just $2 per passenger.
Pass behind the massive scoreboard in left field and visit six additional statues of all-time Tigers greats. They include Willie Horton, Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser, and Al Kaline. All of them are absolutely beautiful action shots of the players, and really add to the historic ambiance of Comerica Park.
Continuing on, a kids area is in the right field concourse, featuring numerous test-your-skill type attractions. Upstairs from the kids area are a couple of bar options for the older crowd, The Jungle and the New Amsterdam 416 Bar.
For the best seats at a reasonable price ($32-$40), try sitting behind home plate in the upper deck. Section 327 is ideal for its skyline view, view of the game action below, and also a look into the Tigers spacious dugout.
There are many who will shutter at the very mention of Detroit. It is believed by many to be crime-riddled metropolis that no one would want to visit or spend time. The truth is that the neighborhood around Comerica Park, and more generally downtown Detroit, offers a plethora of fine options for those willing to put preconceived notions behind and explore a bit.
That said, this is still indeed a city where you do not want to be careless with where you travel. Stick to the main streets and stay with the crowd when possible.
Detroit has plenty of options for eats near Comerica, starting with the Elwood Bar and Grill, a classic 1930's diner right next to the park. Cheli's Chili Bar is a fine place to spend some time, especially when the weather is nice and you can get a seat on their rooftop bar. The Hockeytown Cafe is also a very popular spot, and likely will only gain in stature once the Red Wings move into their new digs. Keeping to downtown, local American favorites are Republic (American cuisine on Grand River Ave), Wright & Co (gastropub on Woodward), and Michael Symon's Roast (steakhouse on Washington Boulevard).
Few things go better together than BBQ and beer after a baseball game (or before). If this sentiment rings true to you, then try Slows BBQ in the Corktown neighborhood, the oldest part of Detroit. It's a little over a mile from the ballpark, but could be walkable if you're willing, and is a good place to park your car for free along Michigan Ave. I also like this option because it takes you past the old site of Tiger Stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
Sports fans will notice the home of the Detroit Lions, Ford Field, is directly across the street from Comerica Park and is evident beyond the left field foul pole. Joe Louis Arena is also just a couple of miles away, and the 2016-2017 season will be your last chance to see the old venue when the Wings also become a neighbor to the Tigers.
Other attractions in Detroit include the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit Opera House, taking a walk along the Detroit River, hitting up one of the nearby casinos, or going further afield to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
Downtown Detroit has a great deal of hotel options, from the lofty Detroit Marriott, MGM Grand, and Double Tree Hilton, down to the more reasonable Holiday Inn, Atheneum Suite Hotel, Courtyard Detroit, Crowne Plaza, Greektown Casino, and Motor City Casino. Cheaper options are found in another dozen or so hotels to the west in suburban Dearborn and southwest at Detroit Metro Airport. Those looking to treat themselves should check out the Inn at 97 Winder, an independent bed and breakfast in an opulent old Detroit mansion just a couple of blocks from the park.
Detroit fans love their sports in general, but baseball seems to hold a special place in their hearts. This may be Hockeytown, but if you asked Detroiters to name the sports team that they are most loyal to, my guess is you'll hearing the Tigers as the slight favorite. The team was founded in 1901, so generations have grown up loving and rooting for the Tigers. They may have won only four World Series Championships in over 100 years (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984), but there has been a good balance of success and failure (most losses in a 162-game season in 2003 when the Tigers went 43-119), so fans can be called humble yet reasonably satisfied with the on-field success.
Attendance continues to be strong, and the fans are interested in the game. You'll see less walking around in the middle of an at bat compared to many MLB ballparks, and most of the conversation seems focused on the game and the sport.
It is easy enough to find parking around Comerica Park, but it can be a bit pricey. The main lots closest to the stadium cost $25, and you'll find other lots within a few blocks with price tags of $20 or $15. Of course the further you get from the park, the less you'll pay, but it will take you about a half mile or more to get far enough away to find free street parking.
Public transportation isn't great in Detroit, but you do have bus options to get to the ballpark. Take either the SMART or DDOT options to arrive at Comerica Park. There is also the Detroit People Mover, an elevated train which circles downtown. The closest stop to Comerica Park is the Station at Grand Circus (corner of Woodward & Park).
Inside the ballpark, the concourses are wide enough to handle even capacity crowds, and you can traverse the entire ballpark, with the only real downside being the walk behind the batters' eye in center field where there is nothing to see.
Restrooms are clean and plentiful. Seats include plenty of legroom and drink holders, and are quite comfortable with green plastic seats throughout.
The overall cost of attending a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park falls near the midpoint of game day experiences in MLB. There are certainly ways to save money, but if you end up parking near the stadium, take a seat in the upper deck, and grab a Polish sausage and a local beer, you're looking at a price tag of about $80. Park and walk a half mile, and go for a cheaper seat, and you can easily work out a cost below the $50 mark.
Overall, whichever path you choose, the cost is well worth the experience you'll receive.
Certain other parks do get their venue right. Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, for example, practically scream the history that's part of their parks' DNA. The new Yankee Stadium's stately bunting and cavernous Great Hall evokes that storied franchise's proud and no-nonsense record. But there's not another park in the majors that, for lack of a better term, buys into their concept so completely--and successfully. Other parks may have individual facilities that exceed their counterparts at Comerica, but none come close to getting the whole experience on the same level.
Tigers, tigers, everywhere, for a start. If you ever have temporary amnesia, you'll be quickly reminded by the tiger sculptures that guard each entrance and look down from the facade in rows with baseballs stuffed in their mouths.
The other most obvious feature of the park is the retired numbers sculpture garden in left field, featuring Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Willie Horton, Al Kaline, and Hal Newhouser.
Over in right field displays those honored without statues include managers and player-managers Hughie Jennings, Mickey Cochrane, and Sparky Anderson; players Harry Heilmann, Henie Manush, Sam Crawford, and George Kell; announcer Ernie Harwell; and, of course, Jackie Robinson's 42. Legendary announcer Harwell is also honored with his own statue by the main entrance to the park.
Plaques outside the park commemorate the park construction, "Turkey" Stearnes, The College of Law (that previously stood on the location of the park), and Ty Cobb (in a plaque brought over from Tiger Stadium). The placard for the Michigan High School Baseball Hall of Fame is also tucked into the right field of the park. The Tigers utilize their long history throughout the park on their "Walk of Fame." On the main promenade banners hang for each decade, punctuated by more substantial displays of the championship decades of the 1900s, 1920s, 1940s, and 1980s. The D Store, the expansive team store accessible from inside and outside the park (but closed on the outside once gates open), even gets into the act with a history of the Tiger's iconic old English D. While looking in the past, the merchandise, at least, has one foot in the future, with a right field stand to get yourself 3D modeled into a Tigers figurine.
A stadium filled with tigers statues already has plenty of whimsy points, but it doesn't end there. A giant tiger carousel dominates the Big Cat Court ($2/ride), and a small baseball Ferris Wheel can be found at the end of Brushfire Grill area ($2/ride), just past giant baseball topiary. The Chevrolet Fountain in center delivers high-tech "liquid fireworks" during appropriate moments during the game.
Suffice to say, Comerica Park is quite the experience, even if just to walk around.
Comerica Park provides an excellent ballpark experience. Whether you are going with the family, heading there with friends, or just want to sit in the stands with a scorebook and enjoy a game day, Detroit is a fantastic choice.
Additional reporting by Michael Rusignuolo.
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!
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.
Went to Comerica Park and the game was delayed by about 30 minutes after a heavy rain storm passed through. My seats were in section 332, row A (front row of the upper deck). Unfortunately my seats had two inches on the floor in front of me. Park needs to work on the drainage in some rows.
Overall, big fan of this ballpark. Great for families and food improves every year.
A great place to watch a ballgame, but still not as homey as old Tiger Stadium. The lower deck is great, but the upper deck seems so far away compared to old Tiger Stadium. There still are no bad seats here. Construction all around the stadium makes it harder to get in and out of the area, but once the construction is finished it is pretty easy to navigate around.
MLB's Detroit Tigers had their den at the corner of Michigan and Turnbull since the team's founding in 1901, and starting in 1912, that home was the eponymous Tiger Stadium. As it was one of the few grand old ballparks that survived the multi-use replacement slaughter of the 60s and 70s, diehard Tiger fans took the mid-nineties announcement of a new stadium with a certain amount of trepidation, perhaps more so when a local bank (Comerica) bought the naming rights of the previously corporate-free park.
They needn't have worried. While Comerica Bank may have since moved its headquarters to Texas, Comerica Park remains a Detroit mainstay since opening its doors with the new millennium in 2000. The 41,574-seat stadium has made its own place in Detroit's downtown and the hearts of the Detroit faithful. The team hasn't sat on its laurels, updating the park in recent years, renovating the scoreboard into a LED beast in 2012 and redesigning the Pepsi Porch area in 2015, adding the Bacardi 416 Bar, fire pit, and lounge seating and moving the bleachers up outside the LaBatt Jungle Bar.
Comerica Park may never quite have the gravitas and history of old Tiger Stadium, but it is a jewel of the current generation of parks, with a fantastic setting for fantastic fans in a city going through a slow Renaissance.
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