Whether you’re driving from Menominee or Grand Rapids, Iron Mountain or Bay City. No matter if you’re from The Soo or Traverse City, Gaylord or Hamtramck.
Go with your kids or go with your dad. Go with your wife or your husband. Go with your girlfriend, boyfriend, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, neighbor, co-worker, accountant, plumber, or grandma. Go with anybody or go by yourself.
But no matter what you do, go see the Detroit Tigers play this summer.
Opening Day (today!) was recently proposed as a new national holiday (I signed the petition. You should, too.). The Tigers have name fan-favorite Justin Verlander as the Opening Daystarter for the seventh straight season.
Here are a few reasons to go see a game at Comerica Park this summer:
1. Everyone knows that baseball is America’s pastime and the game is a blast. The history, the athleticism, the environment, the comradery among fans. That said, there is way more than baseball to enjoy in Tigertown.
Comerica Park boasts a Ferris wheel and carousel for families and kids. Sundays Kids Days take place throughout the season with free facepainting, free ferris wheel and carousel rides, promo items, and post-game base-running for kids 14 and under.
I go to at least one Tigers game each season but I have never had a chance to take the Comerica Park tour. For $5, you can take a look around the stadium that includes a visit to both dugouts, the visiting clubhouse, and a swing through the Champions Club where they keep the 1968 and 1984 World Series trophies on display.
The Tigers put on 16 firework displays after Friday and Saturday night games between May and September as well as special events including a Negro League Tribute Game on May 24, a classic car show on June 14, and a Stars Wars night on September 13.
Venues just outside Comerica Park include the Fox Theater, the Fillmore, and the City Theater, which for the last three summers has hosted “Ernie“, a play based on the life of “The Voice of the Tigers”, famed broadcaster Ernie Harwell. While the played has made a spring training run in Lakeland, FL, there is no word yet on if the production will make another run this summer at the City Theater.
2. There’s a ton of great food inside and outside the stadium. In-park options include the new Pork and Beans hot dog (smothered in baked beans, bacon and cheese) and lobster Mac and cheese.
“Our culinary team is constantly looking to bring Tigers fans the best possible ballpark experience through our food,” said Comerica Park executive chef Mark Szubeczak.
I’m looking forward to the day when the Tigers add this 18-inch corn dog injected with cheese and jalapenos to the menu. Someday, maybe. Someday.
Just outside the stadium gates sit a plethora of fun and fine restaurants, including Cheli’s Chili Bar, the Bucharest Grill and Angelina Italian Bistro, not to mention the world famous Hockeytown Cafe.
3. The Tigers are good.
CORRECTION: The Tigers are absolutely LOADED with talent this season.
Even after trading slugger Prince Fielder in the off-season, the Tigers still boast all-stars Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Ian Kinsler, Torri Hunter, Joe Nathan, and Alex Avila and Cy Young Award winners Verlander and Max Scherzer. The Tigers remain a strong contender for a World Series title this season.
There are so many reasons to see the Tigers play this year. The food, the fun, the game. Be part of what could be a historic season.
Go. To. Comerica.