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Comerica Park

Home of the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan
Comerica Park (2000-Present)
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Comerica Park
Opened:
April 11, 2000
First Regular Season Game: April 11, 2000 (5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners)
Construction Began: October 29, 1997
Capacity (2014): 41,681
Original Construction Cost: $300 million
Stadium Design: Retro Classic

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Thoughts

Statues

Getting There

Driving to Comerica is pretty easy as the park is just off I-75 and there is plenty of parking. You can park steps from the park for just over $20, but incredibly affordable parking is available if you are willing to walk 4 or 5 blocks. As an alternative to driving you can pay $3 for a round-trip bus ticket. There aren't any other public transit options that I know of, but the bus is a pretty cheap option if you are near a bus stop.

8/10

Tickets and Seating

The Tigers have started instituting premium pricing for marquee games, but the premium games are only a few bucks more expensive so it isn't as big of a deal as it is at other stadiums. The premium pricing is also aliveated by the fact that the Tigers have some of the cheapest tickets in baseball. The best seats in the park can be had for well under $100, which can cost hundreds of dollars at other stadiums. You have a decent view of the field from anywhere in the park, but it can seem to be far away from the action, especially in the upper deck. This is a problem with a lot of modern stadiums that don't want to have obstructed view seats, but it is fairly common. At least the ticket prices are pretty good.

8/10

Exterior

The outside of Comerica Park is fantastic. It is pretty easy to tell what team plays in the stadium as there are tiger statues everywhere. There are even claw marks on some of the stadium walls. The best part is you can see directly into the park from one side of the stadium The 1990 Champswhere you could watch the entire game if you were so inclined. It's a great touch, and something that was sort of mimicked with the knothole that was added to Wrigley Field.

10/10

Interior

Comerica Park has a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and tons of other stuff for the kids (note: I would have ridden the ferris wheel if it weren't for the rain), but its best feature is the concourse. You can walk around nearly the entire stadium and still see the game, which is a must for me when it comes to modern stadiums. There is also a lot of history at Comerica including a number of incredible statues that depict the players in action poses instead of just standing with a bat on their shoulders. If the seats weren't so far away from the field the interior of Comeria would be perfect. It even has ivy and other greenery on the inside to give it a bit of a natural touch.

10/10

Scoreboard

The Comerica scoreboard is huge, but not enough of it is devoted to stats and it isn't nearly as clear as some of the newer HD scoreboards in baseball. There are two tigers atop the scoreboard who light up when the Tigers hit a homerun (I saw a few of these at the game I went to), but for as big as the scoreboard is I wish it had more information. There is also no classic touch to the scoreboard other than a little Tigers clock at the top.

6/10

Sound

The Tiger theme continues as the sound system plays a tiger growl everytime the team scores a run. The sound can tend to be a little quiet, but that is preferable to the blaring music that most stadiums play. I don't think they have a real organ, though, or at least it wasn't used when I was there.

6/10

Fans

The Scoreboard in the RainThe Detroit fans seemed incredibly knowledgable and into the game. It was a pretty easy game to get into because the Tigers were playing well. There was a bit of good-natured heckling by the visitor's bullpen, but nothing over-the-top like a beer tossing. Overall, the fans seem to be amoung the best in baseball I've met.

9/10

Ushers and Trading Up

I sat in so many different seats I forgot where my original seat was. It is incredibly easy to trade up, but that is mainly because of the lack of ushers, not necessarily because of how nice they are.

9/10

7th Inning Stretch

Because of the rain delay I didn't get to see the 7th inning stretch first-hand, but I've heard that it definitely involves "Take Me Out" and is pretty respectful of the great baseball tradition. Is there a real organ, though? Inquiring minds want to know.

8/10

Surrounding Area

If there was a football game going on you could visit the nearby Ford Field...other than that the area around Comerica is pretty desolate, and it is the only downfall of the great stadium.

3/10

Final Score: 77/100 C+