No. 14: Comerica Park in Detroit

Even before we entered Comerica Park, we were impressed.

The main gate at Comerica Park

The stadium has some of the most decorative gates in Major League Baseball. The main gate is flanked by two giant bats and four prowling tigers. In front of the gate is another giant tiger statue, which is a popular photo spot for visitors.

Making this day even more special for us was attending the game with Gordie Wykes, who dresses as a unicorn to attend games and helped arrange a donation of 20 tickets from the Tigers to the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Patti says  (3.5 RVs)

There are multiple bars with shuttles. You can find some suggestions on Curbed Detroit. Apparently there are also FAST buses which tout free WiFi, and a low fare of $2 for a one-way ticket. Find out more at ridesmart-fast.org.

Ron says

Driving into Detroit is simple and there are plenty of parking garages near Comerica Park’s downtown location. Pay lots are as low as $5 and most are only $10. We parked at the MGM Grand Casino for free and then walked the mile or so to the stadium on a gorgeous June evening.

ATMOSPHERE:

Patti says

Going to Comerica Park is just plain fun. The fans were into the game; the stadium has a nice open feel even when walking through the concourse; and there are tigers and homages to the team everywhere you look. Where else can you find a Rally Goose?

Ron says

Tigers fans love their team and being there with a group of middle-school students who had never before been to a Tigers game made the experience even better.

The Tigers are a tradition-rich club with four World Series championships — though none since 1984 — and those banners are proudly displayed beyond the center-field wall. As Patti said about SunTrust Park and Fenway Park, going to a game at Comerica just feels like baseball.

FOOD: 

Patti and Ron both say:

Based on Gordie’s recommendation, we ordered the chicken shawarma nachos and thought they were delicious. The nachos with oven-toasted pita chips, hummus, garlic sauce, chicken and tabbouleh on the side, are something unique to Comerica Park. We also had the cinnamon-roasted almonds, which were a bit underwhelming.

Comerica Park has a good variety of concessions options from soda to craft beer and plenty of food from which to choose. The Coney dog pizza is something we wanted to try, but didn’t have room.

VALUE: 

Patti and Ron both say: 

Going to a Tigers game isn’t cheap, which is another reason we were grateful to the Tigers for donating 20 tickets to the Student Advocacy Center of Michigan in section 139. Those tickets run between $44 and $50 apiece.

The concessions prices are also on the high end with beers around $12 and the aforementioned shawarma nachos costing $13. However, they were filling and fed both of us.

MISCELLANEOUS / EXTRAS: 

Big Cat Court with a carousel

Enter through the main gate with the giant tiger statue in front and hang a left. When you do, you’ll enter the Big Cat Court. This area not only houses several concessions options and the team store, but has two very unique features that kids and adults alike will love.

The Tigers carousel

In the center of the circular food court is an ornate Tiger carousel. Keep walking and you’ll see two giant ivy baseball players welcoming you to a corridor that leads to a Ferris Wheel. Yes, Comerica Park has a Ferris Wheel with pods in the shape of baseballs.

Comerica Park’s Ferris Wheel

No stadium we had previously visited had a carousel or a Ferris Wheel and Comerica Park has both.

There are also at least three large bobbleheads at Comerica Park, including one of All-Star Miguel Cabrera at the food court entrance. Walking down the concourse, you will go through the pedestrian museum.

The Tigers of the 1950s

The team’s “Walk of Fame” is comprised of decade-by-decade towers that denote each era in Tigers baseball with artifacts, photos and display cases.

The center-field wall also features the Chevrolet Fountain, which can produce what the team calls “liquid fireworks” with streams of water colored with lights and synchronized to music.

As you face the fountain, to the left you will see the team’s statue garden with six of the franchise’s all-time greats immortalized atop granite pedestals. The 13-foot steel statues represent Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Hal Newhouser.

Comerica Park has so many extras, it’d be easy to just walk around and not even pay attention to the game. We did actually watch some baseball there and saw the “Rally Goose” help the Tigers score four runs in the eighth en route to a 5-2 victory over the Twins.

THE CITY OF DETROIT: 

Although casinos are prevalent in Detroit and nearby Windsor, Ontario, the only time we stepped foot onto casino property was to park at the MGM Grand. That doesn’t mean we didn’t find plenty to do.

When in Detroit, a trip to the Motown Museum is a must. It’s an hour-long guided tour that costs a modest $15. You are walked through the last 60 year of Detroit’s musical history while listening to the sounds of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and the Four Tops, among others.

We also spent a couple hours at the Detroit Institute of the Arts and barely scratched the surface of things to see and do there.

The Force is strong

Our primary reason for visiting was the Star Wars costumes exhibit, but the museum also has an impressive classic art display and wings devoted to movies and music.

The Henry Ford museum is also a popular attraction, but one we did not have time to see. We did go to Belle Isle Park on the Detroit River. From the expansive island, you have stunning views of both Windsor and the Detroit skyline. We were there in the evening, so we weren’t able to visit the aquarium, but there were many people still picnicking while waiting for the sun to set with a picturesque orange and purple sky.

Detroit may not have a great reputation, but we found the Motor City to be very welcoming.

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Follow Ron and Patti as they travel in their RV to all 30 MLB stadiums in 2018. Along the way, they will write stadium reviews, talk about food, baseball and life in an RV, and how you can help a child in need.
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