A couple of weeks ago I visited Detroit to see my Boston Red Sox take on the Tigers. (The Sox won, which is rare this year.) I’ve had a little difficulty in describing exactly how I feel about Comerica Park. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, but I can’t put it into one adjective why. Instead, I came up with an analogy to describe it: Comerica Park is full of lots of pretty and cool stuff. It’s like my apartment, full of junk that’s sentimental or not, like (in my apartment) posters, bobble-heads, knickknacks, Legos, stuffed animals, toys, et cetera.
The food and drinks were a little all over the place. Comerica Park doesn’t have too many options and the options are pretty basic. I’d say it’s not really a place for foodies or craft beer fans. The beer was mostly macro-brewed, other than Magic Hat (a beer from Vermont) which I was told by my friends, isn’t common in Detroit. There were daiquiri stands throughout the park, which I don’t believe I’ve seen before. For food items, I had some nachos, a hot dog, and a bag of sugar-coated roasted almonds. The almonds seemed to replace the peanuts most ballparks have in the stands. There was also Little Caesars pizza available, as that is how the Tigers’ owner made his fortune. I did not partake in that.
Comerica Park is covered in statues of tigers, including one that is 15 feet tall near the front entrance (which is flanked by giant baseball bats. The exterior is partly lighted by tigers with baseball-shaped light bulbs in their mouths and claw marks down the sides of the building. The park is covered in Pewabic tiles, a Michigan specialty. Center field has a display promoting the Motor City with cars from Chevrolet and a set of fountains that go off during celebrations (I didn’t see any home runs by the tigers but I did see some fireworks).
The park is dug deeply into the ground. The main concourse is almost street level with the field and more of the lower seating area below ground. This makes the park fit into the city better and keeps it from looking like a behemoth (unlike Ford Field in the background of the park). The skyline in center field shows downtown Detroit, I wish more ballparks were able to show off their downtown area but many aren’t built that conveniently to the city they represent. The exterior of the park was lit up, alternately, in Tigers’ blue and Tigers’ orange.
In the concourse, there are also several areas dedicated to kids that are the best I’ve seen. There is a ferris wheel with baseball shaped gondolas, and a merry-go-round with all tigers for animals. Here there are other statues like one for legendary announcer, Ernie Harwell, and a statue of liberty painted in Tigers’ colors (I have no clue why that exists, other than, America!). Also in the concourse are displays that show the “Tigers through decades” with artifacts from the past starting in 1900. In a different part of the concourse, behind center field, they have statues for all the Tigers players who’ve had their numbers retired.
The other nod to the past was the flag pole just beyond the left field wall. This was originally in the field of play as an homage to the old Tiger Stadium but was put out of play when the outfield wall was moved in, changing the park from pitcher-friendly to more hitter-friendly.
After the game, there was a fireworks show, which apparently happens every Friday and Saturday night all summer long. It was a substantial show, much more than I would have thought, and a nice treat to end the game.
Check out all my photos from the trip to Comerica Park in this gallery:
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