Unmistakably Detroit

The places and people that make Detroit unique

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

 

In honor of my mother-in-law (Starr) being in town from Florida, we made plans over Memorial Day weekend to catch a Tigers game. Our party quickly grew from 5 to 16 as we invited Starr’s cousins (Dick and Bob), my sister Jen, my good friend Jaime, and my mom. We lucked out with great weather and had a terrific Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park.  And organizing a group of 16 – the day before the game – was suprisingly easy!

Here’s some tips to help you plan your next day at Comerica Park.

Heading downtown and ready for some Tigers baseball!

Heading downtown and ready for some Tigers baseball!

Tickets

I usually buy tickets directly from the Tigers website, but our plans were so last minute that the game was pretty much sold out. So I checked out stubhub and was able to find seats in Section 215 (“Pavilion” section – upper deck, first baseline) for about $25. This was only a few dollars more expensive then regular price – and it happens to be one of my sister’s favorite Sections to sit in. Good views of the field and the added perk of being in the shade on those hot summer day games!

 Parking

There’s many options to chose from, here’s what we did.

Almost time for the game....

Almost time for the game….

Liz: Since we drove with Dick who was working at the game (manning the Fantasy Camp booth), we got lucky with free parking in the Tiger’s garage. While the Tiger’s garage isn’t an option for most, parking really close to the ballpark still is – for $25. Check the Comerica Park website for a parking map and prices. You can even chose to purchase parking along with your tickets. Definitely convenient!

Jen: Jen found a $15 lot at Cass and Montcalm (near Bookies – west of the stadium). It was a quick and easy 4 block walk to the stadium. Walking downtown on game day is never an issue – there are plenty of Tigers fans out plus there’s usually a good police presence as well. Another option for $10-15 parking is near Gratiot and Brush St (south of Comerica Park). Basically, the rule of thumb for parking is – the closer the lot, the more expensive. So if you want to save on parking, just bring your sneakers and enjoy a nice walk!

Jaime: Jaime took advantage of her husband’s free parking pass at the Ren Cen and then hopped on the People Mover (exit at Grand Circus Park for Comerica Park). She said that the People Mover was very convenient and would definitely do this again. So for those of you that work downtown – take advantage of your parking pass and ride the People Mover!

Posing for a shot with Ike Blessitt from the 1972 Tigers!

Posing for a shot with Ike Blessitt from the 1972 Tigers!

Special Events

There’s always something happening at Comerica Park on game day! We were there for the 1968 (World Series winning team) 45th Anniversary celebration – with player interviews in the concourse and then on-field recognition right before the game. Check the schedule for special events and other promotions. On Saturday, we also had the added bonus of meeting a former Tiger player (and friend of Dick’s) – Ike Blessitt from the 1972 Tigers!

Snacks and Fun

The ferris wheel: added entertainment for the kids (and lines aren't bad if you take a ride before the game)

Baseball ferris wheel – ride before the game to avoid lines

I know you’re supposed to buy peanuts and cracker jacks, but ballpark prices aren’t exactly affordable. The solution? Pack your own snacks! Comerica Park allows you to bring in food and bottled water from home. Check out the official rules (plus other tips for enjoying Comerica Park with kids in tow).  And remember – in addition to helping to save money, plentiful snacks can be key to keeping antsy kids in their seats a little big longer. But if that doesn’t work, take a walk and ride the carousel or ferris wheel. (Tip – As you might imagine, the lines for the rides are the worst on Free Ride Sundays. Sometimes paying $2 is the better option.)

Rally hat time!

Rally hat time!

After the Game

You are with a big group of friends, the game ends, and now what? Well, on most Friday or Saturday nights during the summer you can just stick in your seats for the fireworks display. On Sunday afternoons, you can line your kids up to run the bases. (Tip: Don’t spend the whole 8th and 9th inning waiting in line. Just stay in your seats till the end of the game and join the line. Less waiting that way!) But we went to a 4pm game, so when the game ended we were hungry for some dinner. There’s many options that are a short walk (or People Mover ride) from Comerica Park, but we were in the mood for mexican and drove over to Taqueria Mi Pueblo on Dix at the outskirts of mexicantown. This was my first time here, but Syliva has featured it in an article so I knew there would be great food. What I didn’t know was how they would handle our party of 16 (including 7 kids) on a Saturday night with no reservations. It was perfect! Mi Pueblo is spacious and was able to seat our party within a few minutes of arriving. They were also kid-friendly with a kids menu and crayons. And as we expected, the food was awesome! (As were the margaritas!) Mi Pueblo was definitely the perfect ending to our Tigers day out in the D.

The best part of the game - hanging out with my friends!

The best part of the game – hanging out with my friends!

Comments are closed.