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COMERICA PARK: Detroit Tigers
HOK has been at the forefront of the recent ballpark explosion that began with Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They were also the architects for Comerica Park, which opened in 2000.
Comerica Park of the Detroit Tigers had some difficulty in its early stages connecting with fans. Of course, the stadium had a steep challenge: it was replacing Tiger Stadium, the oldest park in the major leagues, and one many fans felt was still viable. When the last game was played at Tiger Stadium on Sept. 27, 1999, fans unfurled a banner that read, “Today, there is crying in baseball. Goodbye old friend.” The last several years the Tigers have been among the most competitive teams in the American League, and the citizens of Detroit have taken notice.
Comerica Park’s main scoreboard is larger than any other facility in existence, a whopping 180 feet wide. Center field features giant water works (if that sounds familiar, it’s because it was borrowed from Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals), and there’s a merry-go-round in the middle of the park’s food court. The feature that drew the most attention upon the park’s opening is a full-fledged Ferris wheel, which rises 50 feet high and features baseball-themed cars.
Fans buying Tigers tickets had to struggle to see runs in the early years of Comerica Park. The dimensions were monstrous, so the team owners made some concessions after the ‘03 season. A closer left field fence was added, decreasing the distance needed to drive one out of Comerica Park. It also eliminated one of the more unique aspects of the park-the center field flag pole had been in play, just like at Tiger Stadium, until the fence was shortened. The changes also increased the stadium’s capacity, as 950 bleacher seats replaced the old bullpens in right field before the ‘05 season. The new bullpens are located in the gap between the old and new left field fences.
Year Built: 2000
‘12 attendance: 37,383 per game; 3,028,033 total
Dimensions: 345 to left, 370 to left-center, 420 to center, 365 to right-center, 330 to right
Hotels Nearby: Ramada Inn Downtown Detroit, Holiday Inn & Suites Express Detroit, Atheneum Suites Hotel, Viking Motel, Marriott Courtyard Detroit Downtown
Thrill of victory: Oct. 18, 2012: The Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 8-1 completing a four game sweep of the Bronx Bombers. It gave the Detroit baseball franchise their 11th American League pennant and first since ‘06. Although the Tigers would eventually fall to the red hot San Francisco Giants, they proved to their fans that they are among the American League’s elite and will compete for years to come.
Agony of defeat: June 2, 2010: Although the Tigers won the game, that certainly wasn’t the story at the end of this divisional game against the Cleveland Indians. Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game when the Indians’ Jason Donald came to the plate. First base umpire Jim Joyce clearly blew a call at first base that would’ve given Galaragga the 21st perfect game in the storied history of Major League Baseball.
Tigers Ticket Tips: Comerica Park seating is extremely varied, and fans buying Tigers tickets have a wide array of options. Perhaps the most unique feature is the Tiger Den (which also happens to be the most expensive seating option), which includes wider seats and wider aisles. The new outfield bleachers are a bargain at just $8 per ticket. Any seats between the bases have a terrific view of downtown Detroit beyond the outfield fences. Longtime Tigers fans will complain about the upper deck, which suffers in comparison to the intimate positioning of the Tiger Stadium upper deck. The Tigers, one of the most historic teams in the major leagues, have a raft of longtime rivals that include the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox.