• Richard Smith

Comerica Park - Detroit Tigers


Photos by Richard Smith, Dave Cottenie, and Paul Swaney, Stadium Journey

Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 4.00

Comerica Park 2100 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201

Detroit Tigers website Comerica Park website Year Opened: 2000 Capacity: 41,574

 

Statuesque Comerica Park

The Detroit Tigers were established as a major league franchise in 1901 and have won four World Series championships (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984), 11 AL pennants (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, 2012), and four AL Central division championships (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014). Comerica Park opened in 2000 replacing their longtime home Tigers Stadium.


Comerica Park sits in a revitalized downtown Detroit next to Ford Field and also close to Little Caesar’s Arena.


Food & Beverage 4

There are many food options at Comerica Park. Many of these are small stands along the field side of the concourse. The Big League Grille and Little Caesars Pizza are found all over the stadium. The food prices are pretty fair, but drink prices seemed too high.


The Big Cat Court is my favorite spot for a variety of food offerings.


Atmosphere 5

The best feature of Comerica Park is the giant Tiger statues that guard the various entrances to the stadium. These are popular photo spots and/or meet-up locations prior to games. They are not only a great feature but show a team knowing how to double-down on their mascot.


The concourses will allow you to visit and see all parts of the stadium, including a creative way to go behind the “batter’s eye”. There is also great spots such as The Big Cat Court which has a tiger-themed carousel as well as the previously mentioned food options. There is also a Ferris Wheel and kid options in the centerfield concourse area.


The Tigers also understand their history and have team displays as well as statues of team greats.



Neighborhood 4

Downtown Detroit can still be pretty quiet compared to more vibrant cities of similar sizes, but the atmosphere has gotten better over the years. The main entrance to the ballpark is located across the street from the Fox Theatre and between two historic downtown churches, St. John Episcopal Church and Central United Methodist Church.


There are some decent food and drink options near the Fox and along the way towards Little Caesar’s Arena.


Fans 3

The Tigers have been a pretty inconsistent team on the field, but they have fans that do a decent job of attending home games. If the team were to show more consistency the fans would probably attend at a higher level.


Access 4

Comerica Park is just south of I-75 / Fisher Freeway, and west of I-375.  Downtown Detroit is fairly easy to navigate compared to some cities but it is still a city, so one should plan their route ahead of time. There are some decent parking options close by to the stadium.


Return on Investment 4

Tigers games are pretty fairly priced and range from $17 upwards. The price will vary greatly depending on the day and time of the game, as well as the opponent.


Extras 4

The Tigers have an extremely long history and the Team does a good job of displaying that history around the stadium.


The statues of players and other people associated with the team are displayed in great places around the stadium.


No other major league stadium seems to dive into displaying their team mascot as much as the Tigers do. The Tigers statues and other unique tiger-based markings are a nice feature.


The Big Cat Court is a nice feature that gives the fans a great place for food and entertainment.


Final Thoughts

Visiting downtown Detroit is not what most people will find as an exciting stop on any tour, but Comerica Park can change that opinion. It is one of the nicest parks in Major League Baseball.

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