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
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
Chaser budget traveler
Detroit Regency Hotel - 1.2 miles from Comerica Park
Comfort Suites Downtown Windsor - 2 miles from Comerica Park
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 $15 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 the 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. Ballpark Chasers usually go with the combination plate in order to sample multiple foods.
Ballpark Chasers Favorite Bar- Elwood Bar & Grille
Once inside Comerica Park, check out The Corner Tap Room. This new bar is filled with memories and mementos from Old Tiger Stadium. For concessions, there are three spots to target: Big Cat Food Court, Big League Grill and Beer Hall. The Big Cat Food Court is near the main entrance of Comerica Park and offers a variety of unique ballpark foods. For dessert, make sure to try the elephant ears and the homemade donuts. Big League 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 a 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 Corktown burgers, The Brat Pop (a salty slice of bratwurst skewered and fried in batter), Deep-fried Oreos, pork rind nachos, and macaroni and cheese-topped hot dogs.
*New Food To Comerica Park in 2018*
Brisket and Cheddar Stuffed Cornbread Muffins. Smoked brisket, cheddar cheese and jalapeno peppers are baked into a corn muffin!
Apple Pie Egg-rolls
Buffalo cauliflower - cauliflower bites tossed in buffalo sauce and served with celery sticks and blue cheese dipping sauce.
Italian Grinder with ground Italian sausage - grilled peppers and onions and topped with provolone cheese and marinara sauce.
Wet burritos -spanish-style rice, corn and black bean salsa and shredded cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla.
WHERE TO BUY TICKETS?
Comerica Park is in the middle of the pack for Major League Baseball attendance. On average, the ballpark was 70% full during the 2017 season. Although tickets are usually available at the box office before the game, Ballpark Chasers recommends pre-purchasing your tickets ahead of time directly through Ticketmonster.com.
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.
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 ballpark trip to Detroit happens to fall on a Saturday, make sure to sign up for a Detroit Heritage Walking Tour. These award-winning tours share Detroit's rich architectural and cultural history around Detroit and the Metro Area. Tours are offered weekly in three areas of Detroit — Downtown, Midtown/Cultural Center and Eastern Market — every Saturday morning at 10am from May through the end of September.
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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