In the southeastern corner of Michigan, Comerica Park is the place to be this summer for Detroit Tigers’ home games. With room for just under 42,000 fans, the stadium is one of the best in the country located between historical buildings and the Fox Theatre in Downtown Detroit.
The stadium opened in 2000 and has some unique differences from others. It is the only ballpark with a dirt strip between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. Also, the area surrounding home plate is in the shape of home plate rather than a circle like other stadiums.
The team’s mascot, Paws, is a huge orange tiger wearing a Tigers jersey and a hat. Attendees typically find him dancing on the dugout or tossing shirts to the crowd. Fans of all ages love Paws, and he is even available for parties and other private events. You may even find Paws delivering your food to you at the game!
Speaking of food, the park boasts over 50 food vendors in the stadium, including several restaurants where you can sit down to a lovely family meal. Of course, they also have the traditional hotdogs, popcorn, and beer, as well as many other items.
The kiddos will love the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel in Brushfire Grill behind section 131 and Big Cat Court Tiger Carousel next to Gate A in section 119. Parents can also sign youngsters up for the Kids Club. Fans 14 and under get monthly newsletters and tons of other extras. Sign them up online or at the Kids Club Kiosk behind section 120. Sundays are special for kids as they get to ride the rides for free and run the bases after the game.
In past years, Tigers ticket prices range from under $10 for an upper box seat to $250 for a diamond box seat. Some Tigers fans enjoy the Champion Club benefits with luxury seating in their favorite lounge with the best seating in the park. Suites are also available at different levels with various types of amenities. Premium seats have a higher price, but they might be worth it if you have a group or a party planned.
Just to the southwest of Ford Field, you can get to Comerica Park from I-75 coming from the north, M-1 from the west or south, or I-375 if you are coming from the east. The good thing about being in Downtown Detroit in Michigan is the highway access, but traffic can still be hectic here during rush hour or when there is a game. It is best to plan ahead and leave early.
Although there are plenty of parking lots in and around Comerica Park (approximately 25 of them), these are geared mostly for smaller vehicles. For transportation from your parking lot to the park, shuttles at Comerica Park run on a loop on Clifford from Columbia and Fisher to Elizabeth. Contact the park or check the website for more information. Parking at Ford Field (next door) is also an option as long as they do not have anything going on at the Detroit Lions park.
Detroit has excellent public transportation options. The main public bus is called the Detroit People Mover, which has stations all around Detroit that can take you to the Grand Circus Park Station on Woodward. You’ll just have a five-minute walk to the park from there. Another option is the Q-Line Detroit streetcar, which runs in a straight line from the financial district to East Grand in New Center. The stop for this is also Grand Circus Park Station. In addition, the DDOT can take you all over the area from Detroit to Southfield, Eastpoint, or Redford.
Even though Comerica Park seems like the perfect place to stay overnight in your RV, they do not have that option. Don’t try staying overnight in any of their parking lots, or you may wake up in an impound lot. Although you may find some private parking lots around the area that allow overnight visitors, plan ahead, and do your homework. Fans often stay at campgrounds in the area and take another vehicle or public transportation to the park.
You won’t have to go too far to find an RV park if you check the nearby state parks. There are several within a 30-mile radius of Comerica Park including Sterling State Park in Monroe. This park has 256 campsites with many that offer full hookups and can handle rigs up to 50 feet long. If you need more than 50 feet or cannot get a reservation for the days you need, check out the Auburn Hills / Holly KOA Campground. Less than an hour to the northwest, the park boasts over 100 campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 80 feet long. They even have a Funland for the kids with rock wall climbing, bowling, basketball, and much more.
ADA fans are welcome to bring their own wheelchairs if they like, but the park also offers wheelchairs for transportation from the gate to the seating area, although you cannot keep them during the game. In addition, there are elevators behind Section 109 and behind Section 130. An escalator is also available to the public to get to the 300 Level from the Big Cat Court near Section 121.
From May through August, Detroit is typically warm with the highest temps in the 80s during July. Pack your most comfortable shoes so you can walk around the park without discomfort. Don’t forget your Tigers jersey or t-shirt and a Tigers hat. Show your support in navy and orange while keeping the sun off your head and giving your team a boost at the same time. You may even want to bring a jacket if you are planning your visit in May or September when it can get chilly at night.
Only single compartment bags and coolers up to 16x16x8 inches have been allowed into Comerica Park in recent years. You are welcome to bring individual snacks and factory sealed clear bottles of water. No glass, cans, or alcohol are allowed. Fanny packs are good too as you can wear that without any difficulty. Fans should not need much, just keys, wallet, and tickets to the game.
Grab some travel-sized SPF 30 sunscreen and insect repellent to pack in your bag. The sun can really do some damage if you don’t keep skin protected. Mosquitoes in Detroit will let you know they are present, so bug spray is pretty important both at the game and at the campsite. Make sure you drink a lot of water, even if you are drinking other beverages. Drinks with caffeine or alcohol will not help with dehydration.
Since the only campgrounds in the area have utility hookups for your RV, you will be able to cook inside if you want. Campers often like to prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them, giving more time for outdoor play. You may also be able to cook outside on the provided campfire grill or use your own if you like.
Comerica Park has several of its own permanent restaurants and lounges on-site, but if you want to go into town for a meal, there are a lot of choices nearby. Less than a quarter-mile to the south you can find the Hudson Quarter, which has two Italian places, a pizzeria, and even a Brazilian steak house. The Times Square section of Detroit a half-mile to the west has a Romanian restaurant and several small pubs with food. Just a bit further and Tigers fans will find dozens of small eateries and cafés.
Whether you are looking for something for a meal or just a snack, Comerica Park should have it with over 50 food vendors and several restaurants. Grab some elephant ears and some coffee when you get there, and then you can finish up with an adult beverage or two. They even have a bunch of vegetarian places and have been recognized by PETA as being one of the top five vegetarian ballparks in the country. Try a Greek salad or veggie wrap with some juice or water for a healthy snack. Then you can head over to the D Shop or one of the other merchandise vendors to get a souvenir or two.
Before entering the park, everyone has to go through the metal detector and have their bags searched. To make it easier for everyone, try to be prepared by removing your phone, keys, and other items from your pockets before your turn in line. Also, don’t bring any of the prohibited items like baseball bats, bottles (glass), fireworks, or weapons.
Being an open ballpark, the weather can greatly affect the game and guests. Be prepared for the sun and heat during the summer or the chill during a spring or fall game by checking the forecast before packing. Download a weather app for your phone if you don’t have one. The average temps in Detroit from May through September are the upper 80s for the highs and upper 50s for the low. Rain is possible any day but most common in June.
If you have an injury or are feeling ill, you can find first-aid stations on the 300 Level behind Section 331 and on the main concourse behind Section 140. If you need immediate assistance, contact a park employee near you or call 911. Also, there are two hospitals north of the park up I-75 and four urgent care facilities less than five miles away.