My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers (July 2, 2012)

After driving up to Toronto to see the Blue Jays, Kara and I headed down to Detroit to see the Twins take on the Tigers. I had heard lots of fans sing the praises of Comerica Park and I wanted to see for myself. It’s safe to say that Comerica lives up to its billing as one of the nicest parks in the Midwest, if not all of baseball.

If you have some extra time (translation: an entire day), head over to the Henry Ford Museum and enjoy an incredible experience. You can easily spend a whole day there and not nearly see everything inside. Airplanes, American history, exhibits, and of course, cars are packed into one massive building. The chair that Lincoln was shot in, the writing desk of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the table and chair set from Mark Twain’s house, those are just some of the things you’ll see at the museum. It’s worth the money, just go.

When we got to the game, we found parking for $10 at the Opera House a few blocks away from the park. Good location to the park, super sketchy building. A word of advice: don’t insist on taking the stairs, even though your wife doesn’t think it’s a good idea. That’s a slasher movie waiting to happen. Welcome to Detroit. Needless to say, we rerouted our footsteps and took the elevator.

There’s a food court inside the ballpark with a full-sized carousel in the center. Food vendors line the outside with an incredible variety of food. Hot dogs wrapped in bacon? Score one for the cardiologist! We grabbed two for a decent price and headed to our outfield seats.

If you want to catch the Jumbotron scoreboard, don’t sit in the left field bleachers. (It’ll be right over your head.) There are two tigers on top of the scoreboard and their eyes glow green at different times. That might have been when they played “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” …born and raised in south Detroit.

Walk around to center field to get a look at past Tigers legends, like Al Kaline, Cecil Fielder, and Alan Trammell. Their statues and name plaques are right next to the Chevy fountains that turn on when a Tigers run scores.

All in all, I’d rank Comerica Park right up there with Turner Field, Coors Field, and Miller Park as one of the top five stadiums I’ve seen. It was a great game, the Twins won (which always makes Kara happy), and we left Comerica with eleven stadiums crossed off our list.

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