Comerica Park was opened to the public in April 2000 as the new home of the Detroit
Tigers. It sits on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. This area of downtown is making a
strong comeback in a city that has seen its share of hard times.  We were blown away by
this place on our first visit here, even though the park had just opened. Our second visit in
2002 just affirmed our first impressions - Comerica Park is one great place to take in a
baseball game and plenty of diversions to keep you entertained even while not watching
the game.

Getting to the venue
Located on Woodward Avenue, the ballpark is easy to find from any place in downtown, and
is just blocks from the WIndsor Tunnel, and a short distance from the Greektown
entertainment district and casinos. Parking starts at $20, but drops to $5-$8 a couple blocks
in either direction. The streets are clean and bright, and new shops and restaurants along
with housing is poppin up everywhere.

Outside the venue
Across the street from the "CoPa" is the famed Fox Theatre and one of Detroit's best
sports hangouts, the Hockeytown cafe. The Detroit Opera House is behind the rightfield
seats and behind the left field fence is Ford Field, a rising structure of what will be the new
home of the Lions beginning in 2002. Just walking around the outside of the building itself
is a sight to see!! The brick walls of the building are adorned with anything Tigers including
tiger heads each with a baseball in their mouth, gargoyle style! These baseballs also
double as lights in the evening hours. And at the main gate  there is a huge statue of
several ferocious looking tigers at the gate, making for a great photo opportunity. Make no
mistake about it, this is the Tiger's Den.

The Concourses
Very wide with many distinct features not found in other places. Near home is a circular
plaza with two levels of concessions, shops and restaurants. There are tables to kick back
and relax while you eat and watch the younger fans take a ride on the huge merry-go-round
at the center of this plaza. Not the most traditional amenity found in a ballpark, but it works
here. As you walk through the main concourse there are towering displays called "The
Decade Bats". Every few yards you can find memorabilia commemorating each decade of
the Tigers 100 year existence and bats are a big part of the design of these displays. Near
the outfield there is also a ferris wheel with the carts in the shape of baseballs!!!

Concessions
There are a wide variety of concessions here at the park, and also a number of restaurants,
even Mickey D's has a place up high in right field. In the left field corner is a brew pub
reminiscent of an old union hall, and for premium seat holders there is the Tiger's Den,
offering a buffet. Even in the upper deck you can find the "Upper Deck Lounge", an
enclosed bar area. . Come here hungry, for there is a wide selection of great food items. If
you are looking for merchandise, there are several "Tiger Re-tail" stores interspersed
throughout the park.

The Bowl
Your classic three level setup, lower, club, upper with total seating capacity at about
40,000. We did notice some seats on the lower level that were actually chairs towards the
top of the level that did not come cheap. There were a quite a few things to notice about
this place. They have a very impressive scoreboard overlooking the field with the word
TIGERS in huge letters above an old style clock. Of course lingering above the scoreboard
watching the action are a pair of mean looking felines. The "General Motors" fountains
beyond the center field fence go off after a Tiger homer or victory, and they do it to lights
at night.

Retired Numbers//Banners
We at the Ultimate Sports Road Trip love places that honor their history and do not treat it
with frivolity. That's why we absolutely loved what they did here to honor their icons. Not
only do they show the players and corresponding numbers on a wall over the left-center
field fence, they have taken it a step further having a LIFE SIZED STATUE of all of their
heroes that have been given the honor. The sight of Cobb, Greenberg, Kaline, Cochrane
and others made our jaws hit the floor. Wow!!!!

Home runs, hits, errors...

Error - On our first visit the Tigers lost a heartbreaker on this brisk April day, blowing a five
run lead in the final two innings to lose 7-6. Fortunately Andrew did not take too much crap
from fans as he walked out in his Devil Rays outfit.

Hit - To the many peanut vendors outside the venue, offering their "salty wares" for a buck.

Home run - Internet kiosks near the home plate escalators available for fan use. Nice touch!

Home run - from the retired statues to the championship banners interspersed among
fountains to the Decade Bats displays, the Tigers present their century of history so well.
Take note, Yankee Stadium!!!

Home run - the Tiger statues, the Tiger gargoyles, the Tiger logos. Blindfold the ballpark
fan and let him loose here and he instantly knows where he is.

Summary
This is one of the great new facilities we have seen - and since we have seen all 30 venues
in Major League Baseball we can honestly say this ranks up there with the elite. Detroit has
been the butt of bad jokes for so long, but Comerica Park shines like a bright new penny
and will impress even the hardiest of visitors.  With the coming of Ford Field and the
resurgence of the surrounding neighborhood one can't help but feel the excitement. We
plan on making this area and its sports venues a regular visit  in the coming seasons.

SCORING:
Architecture 8
Food and team store 9
Scoreboard and electronics 6
Ushers 6
Fan support 3.5
Location and neighborhood 6
Banners and history 10
In game entertainment 6
Concourses/fan comfort 9
Bonus: Decade bats 2; retired statues 2; ferris wheel 1; old Tiger Stadium still stands 1; gargoyles 2
TOTAL: 71.5
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April 16,
2000




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