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2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI
48201
Comerica Park


First Pitch:
4/11/00 vs Seattle at 1:18pm by Brian Moehler to Brad Ausmus. Called strike by umpire Rick Reed.

First Hit:
4/11/00 vs Seattle, Seattle's John Olerud doubled with two outs in the first inning.

First Run:
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.

First RBI:
4/11/00 vs Seattle: Greg Jefferies' single scores Polonia in the first inning.

First Walk:
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.
First Putout:
4/11/00 vs Seattle: Juan Encarnacion catches a fly ball off the bat of Seattle's Mark McLemore.

Autographs:
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 park.

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 11,2000.

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.

The Scoreboard
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 base.

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.

Tiger Club
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 facility.

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.

Entertainment:
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:
40,000

Ceremonial Groundbreaking:
October 29, 1997

Location:
East of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit (directly across from the Fox Theater)

Directions:
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.

Ballpark Style:
Open-air, combining the best of the old and new facilities currently in use.

Design Team:
Smith, Hinchman and Grylls (SH&G) of Detroit along with Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum Sports (HOK) of Kansas City, and The Rockwell Group of New York

Project Manager:
International Facilities Group (IFG)

General Contractor:
Hunt-Turner-White

Total Cost of Project:
$290 million

Financing Arrangements:
$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.

Stadium Ownership:
Detroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority

Dimensions:
(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.

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