Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
23 miles/30 minutes to Comerica Park
WHERE TO STAY? Hotels Near Comerica Park (all within walking distance)
MGM Grand Detroit
Athenaeum Suites Detroit
Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown
Chaser budget traveler
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
Ballpark Chasers Tip: Keep in mind that there are a lot of “bargain motels” close to the ballpark, but if they are not listed above, they are not recommended by Ballpark Chasers.
WHERE TO PARK?
The Tigers conveniently offer several parking lots surrounding Comerica Park. A convenient option is to pre-purchase your parking spot online. We recommend this when attending a Tigers game against a big market team, Opening Day or a playoff game. Parking ranges from $10 to $25, depending on the proximity to Comerica Park. Cabs are easy to come by as well, if you are staying at a hotel that is too far to walk. Furthermore, many restaurants and bars offer complimentary shuttles to Comerica Park for their patrons (see section: "Where to Eat").
WHERE TO EAT?
Detroit offers so many sports bars and restaurants. Some of our favorites include Cheli's, Detriot Beer Company, Elwood Bar & Grill, and Town Pump Tavern. But when in Hockeytown, eat at Hockeytown Café. Whether or not you are a hockey fan, Hockeytown Café is not to be missed. Located just around the corner from Comerica Park, this sports bar gives you plenty to look at. Hockeytown is filled with hockey memorabilia, statues, and full size motorcycles. Menus range from salads to burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, Panini’s and of course, red wings.
If you prefer a nostalgic sports bar with a taste of old Tiger Stadium, check out Nemo’s. Don’t worry that they are a little further away as Nemo’s has a fleet of full-size school buses to hall you to the game. Make sure to get the Ballpark Chasers meal: cheeseburger, side of “world famous” chili, French fries and a beverage of your choice.
Loco’s Tex-Mex Grille is our favorite spot for Mexican food. Located within walking distance of Comerica Park, Loco’s has a full menu ranging from burgers to burritos. They also provide a complimentary shuttle to every Tigers game. Check out their website for current specials. Ballpark Chasers usually go with the combination plate in order to sample multiple foods.
Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- Elwood Bar & Grill
Once inside Comerica Park, you have three options for dining: Big Cat Food Court, Brushfire Grill and Beer Hall. The Big Cat Food Court is near the main entrance of Comerica Park and offers a variety of ballpark foods. For dessert, make sure to try the elephant ears and the homemade donuts. Brushfire Grill is an outside picnic area serving traditional ballpark grub on the third base side of the ballpark (just look for the baseball Ferris Wheel). Beer Hall is a great option if looking for full-service restaurant. This tavern (within the Brushfire Grill) offers a traditional sports bar cuisine with a plethora of domestic and international brews from a 70 ft. bar. Our favorites within Comerica Park are Potachos, Bacon on a stick, loaded tator tots and poutine dogs.
Ballpark Chasers cheap eat: For $5, fans can still get a value meal that include a hot dog, soft drink and chips.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
Comerica Park is in the top 10 in Major League Baseball attendance. On average, the ballpark was 92% full during the 2012 season. A $5 ticket remains available at any game. Although tickets are usually available at the box office before the game, Ballpark Chasers recommends purchasing your tickets ahead of time through Rateyourseats.com or directly through the Tigers box office.
Ballpark Chasers Tip: look for scalpers hanging out more than 500 yards from Comerica Park. Local law prevents them from going closer. In addition, if you are selling extra tickets (even under the face value) make sure you are far from the ballpark to avoid a trip to the nearest Detroit jail.
WHERE TO SIT?
Did you know that Tiger Den seating at Comerica Park features padded, movable seats with its own side table? Learn more about these seats and other great seats with the Comerica Park Seating Guide.
WHEN TO GO?
Detroit has a continental climate which provides for warm and humid summers, with temperatures frequently hitting 90 degrees. June and September bring the most rainfall, while July tends to be the warmest on average. Ballpark Chasers tend to find late May and late August as the best times to travel to the Detroit area.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE?
Detroit is a city with vast history, filled with a number of great museums. If you only have time to visit one, make sure to check out the Motown Historical Museum. This museum has done a fabulous job showcasing the impact that Motown had on pop culture and how it still influences music to this very day. From the beginning of Hitsville USA to the major enterprise of Motown Record Corporation, guests will see everything from the original loan granted to finance the first record to the actual “Studio A” where the greatest hits were once recorded.
Another inspiring museum to visit while in Detroit is the Museum of African American History. With over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials, make sure to leave a half-day to see it all.
If your trip to Detroit happens to fall on the first or third Saturday of the month, make sure to sign up for the Auto Heritage Walking Tour. This guided tour starts at the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex (the birthplace of the Model T) and traces the footsteps of Henry Ford and the streets of Detroit to show where the history of the automobile began.
BALLPARK CHASERS VACATION?
Comerica Park is part of “The Rust Belt” Ballpark Chasers vacation. This trip includes seeing the Indians at Progressive Field and the Pirates at PNC Park. Those Ballpark Chasers looking for a longer vacation also include Cincinnati to see the Reds play at Great American Ball Park. On average, the drive from Comerica Park to Progressive Field takes three hours, while Progressive Field to PNC Park to takes 2 ½ hours. Make sure to have a comfortable car as it is nearly a five hour drive back to Detroit from Pittsburgh.
Just one hour South of Detroit is Toledo, Ohio, home of the Mud Hens. The Mud Hens are the Detroit Tigers AAA affiliate. Fifth Third Field is an amazing Minor League Ballpark that is not to be missed. Another close option (about 90 minutes away from Comerica Park) is Cooley Law School Stadium, home of the Lansing Lugnuts. The Lugnuts are the Single A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
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