Baseball is synonymous with American summers. Hot dogs, burgers, and baseball are as American as apple pie.
When I went to Detroit with my father on business a few years back, the new Comerica Park, which opened on April 11, 2000, was one of Detroit's sites to be seen. If you're a Detroit Tigers fan and are considering heading to Comerica Park to watch a Tigers game, here is your summer 2012 stadium guide:
Detroit, MI 48201-3470
Main: (313) 962-4000
Season and Group Tickets: (313) 471-BALL
Individual Game Tickets: (866) 66-TIGER
If you're visiting Comerica Park for a Tigers game, you definitely will not be disappointed. This ballpark has many unique features to entertain anyone. Perhaps the most popular of Comerica attractions is the Comerica Carousel, a carousel with 30 hand-painted tigers, which is located at the base of the food court, behind first base. In addition to the carousel, Comerica Park also has the "Fly Ball Ferris Wheel," a 50-foot ferris wheel located on the third base side of the park that has cars shaped like baseballs. There are also five Tigers merchandise stores located at Comerica Park where you can buy all of your Tigers gear. The stadium also features a liquid fireworks display that is synchronized to music and celebrates home runs and other plays.
There is no excuse to be hungry at Comerica Park. Near the main entrance to Comerica Park is the Big Cat Food Court, which offers baseballs fan a wide variety of stadium fare, including lemonade, elephant ears, ice cream, fries, gyros, deli sandwiches, frozen daiquiris, and the world famous Chicago and coney-style hot dogs. The Brushfire Grill, a picnic-style area, offers all of your grill favorites while soothing you with a fountain that features a floating baseball. Also, if you're a member of the prestigious Tiger Club, you'll have open access to the Tiger Club's buffet that offers a full view of the playing field.
No baseball game would be complete without a brew. If you're looking to wet your whistle, Comerica Park has you covered with a variety of bars to choose from. The stadium offers the popular "Beer Hall," a modern-style 70-foot bar that serves both domestic and international beer, as well as a traditional tavern menu. The Cigar Bar is the stadium's only indoor smoking area, and offers an upscale atmosphere, as well as cocktails. Fans can also find their favorite alcoholic beverages at the Mike's Hard Lemonade Upper-Deck Lounge, and Tigers Club members have access to the Tiger Den Lounge.
There are also several bars located within walking distance to Comerica Park, including Nemo's Bar and Grill, which is located at 1384 Michigan. After the game, if you and your party are up for some gambling, there are few casinos close to Comerica Park, including the MGM Grand Casino and Caesars Windsor.
Activities for Children
If you're making your trip to Comerica Park a family-friendly event, the ballpark offers plenty of activities to keep both you and your children entertained. In addition to offering a batting cage for the children to test their batting skills, Comerica Park also offers children 14-years-old and younger an opportunity to run the bases after every Sunday home game. If you're taking your little one to a Tigers game for his or her birthday, for a donation of $50 to the Detroit Tigers Foundation, you can wish your child a happy birthday on the scoreboard. Children 3 and under, who share a seat with an accompanying adult, are admitted to all Tigers games free of charge.
Seating and Pricing
At Comerica Park, there is a variety of seating options available that suit any budget. Tickets to a Tigers game can cost anywhere from $5 a piece for a seat in the skyline section to $85 a piece for a premium seat in the on-deck circle or Tiger Den. If you visit Comerica Park's official website for seating and pricing, you will find an interactive map where you can view seating options and panoramic views of the ballpark.
No summer is complete without a family trip to a baseball game. If you're a Detroit Tigers fan, head on out to Comerica Park, where a fun-filled adventure surely awaits you and your cubs!
Ruqaiyya Noor is a student English teacher at Marshall University and a featured contributor in education. Her work can be found on Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo! News, and Yahoo! Sports.