Since April 11, 2000, Detroit's Major League Baseball team, the Tigers, has called Comerica Park home. Prior to playing in Comerica Park, the Tigers played at "The Corner'' - their famous stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. Although many fans were initially skeptical, as The Corner had been a park of Tigers history for over 100 years, Comerica Park has now been embraced by most as an asset to the team.
Plans for Comerica Park began long before the doors actually opened. After years of planning and budgeting, construction crews broke ground in October of 1997. The design, sometimes debated, continued to evolve as it was built, and Tigers owner Mike Illitch played a large role in the decision-making. In the end, Comerica Park cost over $300 million to complete, but most of the people involved in the project have noted they are happy with the classic ballpark feel combined with unique Detroit elements. The name for the park was decided in 1998, when Comerica Incorporated gave the Tigers $66 million in exchange for naming rights.
Comerica Park is more than just a baseball field. However, although fans can visit a number of other buildings that are a part of the park, none of these outlying buildings obstruct the view from the stadium itself. The ballpark has no upper deck outfield seats either, giving fans the optimal view of the game and the Detroit downtown skyline. They have one of the largest scoreboards in professional baseball and a sunken field for the best view of the game. The stadium was built so that it could someday have a retractable roof, should they decide to add it.
Along with Tigers administrative offices, Comerica Park had over 70,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space that fans can peruse prior to or following a game. The concourses in this stadium are much wider than those in an average MLB ballpark, and as visitors make their way through the main concourse, they can visit the Walk of Fame. Designers have created a timeline, complete with decade monuments, which reach from floor to ceiling. There are plans to continue with this historical part of the park in the future, as the Tigers meet new goals.
Comerica Park has a number of unique features that aren't found in any other MLB parks. First, in their food court, fans of any age can ride their carousel, which has tigers to ride instead of horses. They also have a baseball-inspired Ferris wheel. Most interesting to many of their fans, however, is the water fountain. Called "Liquid Fireworks,'' these spraying fountains are located in center field. The ballpark stages shows with their fountains synchronized to music. When a Tiger team member hits a home run, two tigers on the scoreboard roar and the center field fountains shoot into the air.
Ticket price depend on the games being played, the time of year, and the location of the seat. There are many seating options available including premium seats in the on-deck circle, tiger den, infield box, terrace, outfield box, and club seats. Comerica Park has seating capacity of bearkt 42,000. To learn more or schedule a tour of the facility visitors can call 313-471-2074, and to purchase tickets to a game at Comerica Park, fans can call 1-866-66-TIGER.
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