4/11/00 vs Seattle at 1:18pm by Brian Moehler to
Brad Ausmus. Called strike by umpire Rick Reed.
4/11/00 vs Seattle, Seattle's John Olerud doubled
with two outs in the first inning.
4/11/00 vs Seattle, Tigers DH Luis Polonia scores
to give the Tigers a 1 - 0 lead in the bottom of
the first inning.
4/11/00 vs Seattle: Greg Jefferies' single scores
Polonia in the first inning.
4/11/00 vs Seattle: Tiger catcher Brad Ausmus earns
the first base on balls.
First Home Run:
4/14 vs Tampa Bay: Juan Gonzalez blasts a 3-run
homer off of Tampa Bay pitcher Ryan Rupe.
4/11/00 vs Seattle: Juan Encarnacion catches a fly
ball off the bat of Seattle's Mark McLemore.
Guests are permitted to seek autographs along the
railings near the playing field until 45 minutes
prior to the start of the game. At that time, all
guests will be requested to relocate to the section
for which they hold tickets. Guests may request
player autographs by mailing a self-addressed, stamped
envelope directly to the player c/o Comerica Park,
2100 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201-3474
What Time to Arrive?
Keep in mind the autograph rules if that is a priority.
The earliest you can get through the gates is 90
minutes prior to the scheduled game time unless
otherwise advertised. Guests can enjoy batting and
infield practice, the ability to try to obtain autographs
(up to 45 minute prior to game time). Also the Ferris
Wheel and carousel are in operation at the gates'
opening 90 minutes prior to game time. The Historical
displays both the decade displays around the concourse
and the statues in left field are a worth while
reason to show up early and avoid missing any of
the game. Comerica also has the latest in Tiger
clothing, hats, pictures, momentos and all the rest
with a couple of indoors shops inside the park as
well as soveneir stands around the park. 90 minutes
can go by fast with all this to do. Especially if
all of this is a new experience for you at the new
Groundbreaking for the 300 million project took
place on October 29, 1997. More than 60 percent
of the financing is private, with the rest from
public sources which include the Michigan Strategic
Fund (infrastructure), City of Detroit Downtown
Development Authority and Wayne County. People walking
outside the grounds on Adams Street (in the outfield)
enjoy a view of the action of the playing field.
The 2000 season celebrates the Tigers 100th year
in the American League.
With most of the newer facilities sporting capacities
ranging from 45,000 to 50,000, Comerica Park offers
premium site lines that place fans right on top
of the action. The exterior of the stadium is a
combination of brick and steel, giving the park
a classic look from the outside. In the seating
areas, the outfield has an impressive view of the
downtown skyline, and an open side to the park along
Adams Street allows fans on the outside to see what
is happening down on the field. Comerica Park, which
is situated to the east of Woodward Avenue across
from the Fox Theatre, is bordered by Brush, Montcalm,
Witherell and Adams streets. The open-air facility
sits approximately one mile from old Tiger Stadium.
A new football stadium will be located east of the
baseball facility. This past spring, demolition
was completed on buildings located at the ballpark's
site. Several main utility lines were relocated
and excavation is near completion. The stadium is
ready for its " major league" debut April
The Walk of Fame
Touring the main concourse, fans are taken through
time on a tour of baseball and lifestyle history.
The concourse is divided into different eras from
the 20th century, and as the fan progresses on his
or her walk, they move into a different time frame
of history. Decade Monuments covering two decades
each are placed throughout the concourse, towering
floor to ceiling and featuring artifacts from appropriate
areas. Heading into the next century, plans call
for "The Walk of Fame" to be incorporated
into the upper concourse as well.
Comerica Park features a main scoreboard larger
than any other facility in existence. The face of
the structure, in fact, is equivalent to the size
of the face of the Fox Theater Office Building facing
Woodward Avenue. (108' wide). The structure includes
one video screen (42' X 24'), one large balck and
white matrix board with the line score (64' X 34'),
and a color matrix board (42' X 24').
An old time, out-of-town scoreboard is placed at
field levelwithin the wals in right-center field,
and a Pitch Information Board alerts fans to the
speed of each pitch thrown in a game.
Concessions Facilities and Food Court
Typical ballparks have a point of sale (register)
for every 200 fans; Comerica Park will abbreviate
the wait with one point of sale for every 125 fans.
Concessions ( including those for premium seating
and suites) will be under the directiono of Olympia
Entertainment, Inc. (OEI). Among the features are
the "Brushfire Grill" barbecue area behind
third base and a circular food court behind first
Carousel, Ferris Wheel and Water Feature
In the middle of the food court, a merry-go-round
carousel is available to young fans,with patrons
riding atop tigers instead of horses. Behind the
Brushfire Grill stands a baseball themed ferris
wheel. Centerfield features a giant water feature,
"Liquid Fireworks", that synchronizes
music to spraying fountains of water.
Seating Levels and Capacities
There are approximately 23,000 seats in the lower
bowl of Comerica Park and 2,000 in the two suite
levels. Ther are roughly 11,000 in the main upper
deck. From just past first base to the right-field
foul line ther is a section with 4,000 seats that
does not have a suite level. Therfore, the upper
deck in this level is approximately 15 feet lower
and closer to the field than the main upper deck.
Premium Seating Areas
Comerica Park features four premium seating areas.
The Tiger Den is the first of its kind in baseball.
Located at the upper rows of the lower bowl, it
resembles the fashionable boxes at old-time sporting
venues with movable chairs. A private Tiger Den
lounge is available for patrons. The first five
rows of the upper bowl have been designated as club
seats, and patrons have access to the Club Lounge.
Another premium seating area is located in the lowest
rows of the lower bowl, called "On-Deck Circle"
seats. Additionally, there are two levels of suites,
which include several party suites that are available
for individual game rental.
The Tiger Club, open on a membership basis, features
approximately 20,000 square feet of entertaining
space. Ther is seating for 300 overlooking the playing
field in right field, a bar for 200 and banquet
Restaurants in the park:
Little Caesars will have 5 stands in the park, including
2 in the upper level (whole pizza pie 13.50). Brushfire
Grill: 16,000 square foot open-air garden behind
third base, off Brush, by Ferris wheel (entrees
include Grilled salmon, shish-kebab, grilled chicken,
brisket, portabello mushroom sandwich). Downtown
Leo's Coney Island, McDonalds, Downtown Detroit
Beer Hall which includes in 70 foot bar and a buffet.
The Tiger Den is a 6,000 square foot private lounge
open only to premium seat holders in the lower deck
(between home plate and third base) and a Upper
Den Lounge for premium seats in the upper deck (Section
330). CHOICE TICKETS WILL HAVE THE SEATS AVAILABLE
FOR ACCESS TO THESE PRIVATE LOUNGES. Make sure you
indicate you want this feature so we can put you
in the apporpriate seats. There is also a private
lounge called the Tiger Club (lower level behind
right field) which features an all you can eat buffet
for 24.95. Admission will require a membership ticket
and a ticket to the game. We are currently working
on getting our customers access to this club. If
interested please let us know, there will be an
addtional charge for admission, but a specific seating
location is not required for Tiger Club access.
The Carousel (located in the Big Cat Court behind
Sec 119 on the first base side of the main concourse).
The 2 1/2 minute ride will cost 1 or 2 bucks. The
Fly Ball Ferris wheel (near the third base side
of the main concourse) A 50 foot-high Ferris wheel
with 12 cars and capacity for appox 60 passengers,
est cost $2 to ride.
Project Seating Capacity:
October 29, 1997
East of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit (directly
across from the Fox Theater)
When traveling south on I-75 from the Tri-Cities
and Flint take I-75 when it branches off to Toledo
when you get to the Detroit city limits, and take
that to exit 50 which is Grand River and follow
the signs. I would try to park across from the Fox
and Hockeytown Cafe, which is right next to Comerica.
Open-air, combining the best of the old and new
facilities currently in use.
Smith, Hinchman and Grylls (SH&G) of Detroit
along with Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum Sports
(HOK) of Kansas City, and The Rockwell Group of
International Facilities Group (IFG)
Total Cost of Project:
$175 million private (Detroit Tigers owner Michael
Ilitch and bank consortium led by Sumitomo); $55
million from the Michigan Strategic Fund; $60 million
from the Detroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority.
Detroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority
(these are working dimensions and are subject to
change): Leftfield fence, 346 feet; Leftfield power
alley, 402 feet; Centerfield, 422 feet; Rightfield
power alley, 379 feet; Rightfield fence, 330 feet.