Detroit/Comerica Park Trip Recap

As I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to break down my recent ballpark trip into four installments, with each post focused on one city and stadium.

Two friends of mine from high school and I arrived in Detroit on Aug. 4 and caught the Aug. 5 game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Approaching Comerica Park in Detroit.

Comerica Park was the first destination on the Detroit stop. The exterior of that stadium was as impressive as any ballpark that I’ve ever been to.

It was all about the details for me. I loved the little Tigers-style gargoyles that appeared on the outer walls of the park. And the giant tigers that sat in front of the park were really cool.

And the stadium, like many newer parks, does a great job of honoring its history. A statue of broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell, who passed away a few years ago, greets those entering the main entrance into the stadium.

Out in left field, statue of Tigers greats like Ty Cobb and Hank GreenbergĀ are all in a row and are popular with tourists.

Statue of Ty Cobb next to those of other Tigers greats.

The interior of the stadium is nice, but big. I’m the type that prefers the right-on-top-of-the-action build of Target Field as opposed to the more spread-out Comerica Park. Others might favor Comerica though, and I wouldn’t blame for it.

And the game, of course, was outstanding, probably the best on the trip. The Tigers had a golden opportunity to win the game in the ninth inning but squandered it. Then in the 10th, Cleveland scored three runs to take the lead, only to have Detroit rally with five in the bottom half to win in walk-off fashion. Miguel Cabrera‘s two-run, game-winning homer capped a great afternoon of baseball.

A couple of restaurant/bar stops outside Comerica that seem to be popular are Hockeytown Cafe and a restaurant that is named for Chris Chelios. Went to Hockeytown Cafe after the game and will give it the seal of approval.

The game is under way at Comerica Park.

A walk through the streets of Detroit near the ballpark didn’t yield too much excitement. You didn’t have to go far to find boarded-up businesses. Really a shame to not see that area flourishing more than it was. The people of Detroit were very friendly throughout the trip.

We stopped at the Henry Ford Museum quickly on Monday, Aug. 6, before hitting the road again for Cleveland. The Ford Museum had a lot more to it than just cars. All sorts of American history chronicled within those walls. Definitely worth checking out. The best part of the museum for me: The Presidential vehicles housed there. Very cool!

Check back tomorrow for my Cleveland write-up.

3 Responses

  1. The area beyond the ballpark still isn’t great, however in the three times I have been to Comerica the ballpark area itself has improved tremendously. It’s not just Hockeytown and Cheli’s anymore, there’s Elwood Bar & Grill and a couple of other places, plus there are quite a few bars in town that will shuttle you to the ballpark. Hard Rock Cafe is one.

    It’s a great ballpark, fine photos!

  2. I went on a similar trip this summer where we hit Comerica Park, Progressive Field, PNC Park, and Camden Yards in the span of four days.

    I thought Comerica Park was a nice stadium. It felt very large, but I think it should as an homage to the old Tiger Stadium. I will say that I thought the statues in left-center field were oddly positioned. There wasn’t much room to walk around to see the front of the statues. Overall, I wouldn’t put Comerica in my personal top five of the 15 current parks I have been to, but it would probably be in my top 10.

    Did you happen to venture to the spot of old Tiger Stadium? The flagpole is still standing where it was in center field and it seems that people have been trying to keep it going and has a pitchers mound, base lines and everything.

  3. No, we didn’t make it to the Tiger Stadium site. I kind of wanted to, but it just didn’t happen. I knew the flagpole was still there but didn’t sound like much else.

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