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Comerica Park
Comerica Park.svg
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Comerica Park in 2007
Comerica Park is located in Wayne County, Michigan
Comerica Park
Comerica Park
Location in Wayne County, Michigan
Comerica Park is located in Michigan
Comerica Park
Comerica Park
Location in Michigan
Comerica Park is located in the United States
Comerica Park
Comerica Park
Location in the United States
Comerica Park is located in North America
Comerica Park
Comerica Park
Location in North America
Address 2100 Woodward Avenue
Location Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′21″N 83°2′55″W / 42.33917°N 83.04861°W / 42.33917; -83.04861
Public transit DPM icon.png QLINE Logo.svg Grand Circus Park
QLINE Logo.svg Montcalm Street
Owner Detroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority
Operator 313 Presents
Capacity 40,120 (2000–2002)
41,070 (2003–2007)
41,000 (2008)
41,255 (2009–2013)
41,681 (2014)
41,574 (2015)
41,297 (2016)
41,299 (2017)
41,083 (2018–present)
Record attendance 45,280 (July 26, 2008 against Chicago White Sox)
Field size Left field – 345 ft (105 m)
Left-center – 370 ft (110 m)
Center field – 420 ft (130 m)
Right-center – 365 ft (111 m)
Right field – 330 ft (100 m) ComericaParkDimensions.svg
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction
Broke ground October 29, 1997; 24 years ago (October 29, 1997)
Opened April 11, 2000; 22 years ago (April 11, 2000)
Construction cost $300 million
($371 million in 2018 dollars2018)
Architect Populous (then HOK Sport)
SHG, Inc.
Rockwell Group
Project manager International Facilities Group, LLC.
Structural engineer Bliss & Nyitray, Inc.
Services engineer M-E Engineers Inc.
General contractor Hunt-Turner-White
Tenants
Detroit Tigers (MLB) (2000–present)

Comerica Park is a baseball stadium located in Downtown Detroit. It has been the home of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers since 2000, when the team left Tiger Stadium.

The stadium's seating capacity is 41,083.

History

Construction

Coamerica Park in Detroit Michigan
Entrance to the park

Founded in 1894, the Tigers had played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood since 1896, when Bennett Park opened. In 1911, new Tigers owner Frank Navin ordered the construction of a new ballpark to be built on the same site. Opening in 1912, the ballpark, which eventually became known as Tiger Stadium, served as the Tigers' home for the next 88 seasons. By the mid-1990s, it had become apparent that the much-beloved ballpark had become obsolete and could not be renovated any further.

Groundbreaking for a new ballpark to replace Tiger Stadium was held on October 29, 1997. At the time of construction, the scoreboard in left field was the largest in Major League Baseball. In December 1998, Comerica Bank agreed to pay $66 million over 30 years for the naming rights for the new ballpark. It was part of a downtown revitalization plan for the city of Detroit, which included the construction of Ford Field, adjacent to the ballpark. The first game was held on April 11, 2000, against the Seattle Mariners.

Comerica Park sits on the original site of the Detroit College of Law.

First game

The first game at Comerica Park was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2000, with 39,168 spectators attending, on a cold snowy afternoon. The temperature that afternoon was 36 °F. The Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 5–2. The winning pitcher, as in the final game at Tiger Stadium, was Brian Moehler.

Features

Comerica-Park-Detroit-MI-Panorama
Comerica Park panorama.
Comerica Park scoreboard
Stadium scoreboard

The main entrance to the ballpark is located across the street from the Fox Theatre and between two historic downtown churches, St. John Episcopal Church and Central United Methodist Church. Outside the main entrance is a tiger statue that's 15 feet (4.6 m) in height. There are 8 other heroic-sized tiger statues throughout the park, including two prowling on top of the scoreboard in left field. These tigers' eyes light up after a Tigers home run or a victory and the sound of a growling tiger plays as well. The tigers were originally created by sculptor Michael Keropian and fabricated by ShowMotion Inc. in Norwalk, Connecticut. Along the brick walls outside the park are 33 tiger heads with lighted baseballs in their mouths.

At the left-center field concourse there are statues of all of the players whose numbers have been retired by the Tigers (with the exception of Jackie Robinson, whose number was retired in every MLB park in 1997 and is located on the wall in right-center field). A statue of Ty Cobb is also there, but he does not have a number, as he played baseball before players began to wear numbers on their uniforms. These players' names, along with the names of Hall of Fame players and broadcasters who spent a significant part of their career with the Tigers, are also on a wall in right-center field. Ernie Harwell, the team's long time radio announcer and a recipient of the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, has a statue just inside the stadium on the first base side.

Comerica Park is currently the only ballpark in MLB to feature a distinctive dirt strip between home plate and the pitcher's mound. This strip, sometimes known as the "keyhole", was common in early ballparks, but it is very rare in modern facilities. Additionally, the home plate area is in the shape of the home plate itself, and not as a standard circle.

In the northeastern corner of the stadium behind the stands from the third base line is a Ferris wheel with twelve cars designed like baseballs. In the northwestern corner of the stadium behind the stands from the first base line is a carousel.

The flagpole located between center and left fields was originally in play, as was the flagpole in Tiger Stadium. However, the left field wall was moved in front of the pole before the 2003 season. A ball that hits the pole is now ruled a home run. The right field of the stadium features the Pepsi Porch, a picnic deck between the 100 and 200 level seating bowls. Also in right field, and part of the 100 level seating bowl, is an area of seats known as "Kaline's Corner", an homage to Hall of Fame right fielder Al Kaline, who once played for the Tigers when the team played in Tiger Stadium.

An LED scoreboard was added to the right-center field wall, and the upper deck fascia for the 2007 season.

Detroit 3 Automakers Homerun Fountain at Comerica Park 2009
The center field fountain, now known as the Chevrolet Fountain, was originally called the General Motors Fountain. This picture was taken in 2009, when the Tigers added the logos for Chrysler and Ford as a show of support for the struggling automotive industry. Directly behind the fountain is the Detroit Athletic Club.

A giant fountain is located behind center field. General Motors sponsored the fountain from 2000 to 2008, and used the area to showcase GM manufactured vehicles as well. While GM dropped its sponsorship for the 2009 season due to financial issues, the GM branding was not removed from the fountain. Instead, signs for Chrysler and Ford were also added to the display, along with the message "The Detroit Tigers support our automakers." In 2010, GM returned to sponsoring the display, now known as the Chevrolet Fountain.

A completely redesigned and upgraded left field video display debuted for the 2012 season. The serif "TIGERS" wordmark was removed and replaced by cursive lettering that can also display graphics and video. An analog clock below the Tigers wordmark and above the Comerica Park logo was also removed. An HD LED display was installed, which was much larger than the three displays that had been there for years. The previous scoreboard used light bulbs – still a popular scoreboard technology around the time the park opened, though they were quickly aging as LED displays became available and were installed around other Major League ballparks. The scoreboard was also raised 16 feet (4.9 m) in an effort to address complaints that the scoreboard was too far left and thus obstructed by the left field upper deck. Along with the replacement scoreboard, all remaining bulb fascia scoreboards were also upgraded to LED.

In 2014, the Tigers announced a $4 million renovation to Comerica Park's Pepsi Porch. This renovation included the removal of the bleachers that once occupied the space and the addition of new stadium seats. The plan also included new high top tables, a new bar in the middle of the porch, couches and lounge chairs, as well as a fire pit. The bleachers that once occupied the area were moved to the space above The Jungle restaurant and bar.

There is a fireworks show after Friday evening games usually starting after Memorial Day.

Dimensions

In contrast to Tiger Stadium, which had long been considered one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball, Comerica Park is considered to be extremely friendly to pitchers. Except for dead center field—420 feet (128 m) versus Tiger Stadium's 440 feet (134 m)—the outfield dimensions were more expansive than those at Tiger Stadium. This led to complaints from players and fans alike. Most famously, Bobby Higginson sarcastically referred to the venue as "Comerica National Park".

Before the start of the 2003 MLB season, the club moved the distance from left-center field from 395 to 370 feet (120 to 113 m). This also removed the flagpole from the field of play, originally incorporated as an homage to Tiger Stadium. Two years later, the bullpens were moved from right field to an empty area in left field created when the fence was moved in. In place of the old bullpens in right field, about 950 seats were added. This made one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks transform into the third most batter-friendly (with extra bases also taken into account).

In the layout of the playing field at Comerica Park, when a player is at bat, the direction he is facing looks farther to the south than at any other ballpark.

Transportation

Public transportation for the park is available via the Detroit People Mover station at Grand Circus Park and the QLine at the Montcalm Street station, in addition to SMART, which runs regional routes from the suburbs, and DDOT.

Stadium use

Comericapano
Downtown Detroit skyline as seen from upper deck.

Baseball

In 2005, Comerica Park hosted the 76th MLB All-Star Game, the first to be played in Detroit since 1971. In the Home Run Derby, held the day before, Bobby Abreu slammed 24 home runs in the first round, breaking the previous record of 15. Abreu won the Derby over Tiger Iván Rodríguez, hitting a then record 41 homers during the event. In the All-Star Game, the American League won 7–5 with Miguel Tejada winning the game's MVP Award.

The first playoff game at Comerica Park was played on October 6, 2006 against the New York Yankees. On October 21, 2006, Comerica Park hosted the first World Series game in the history of the ballpark (Game 1 of the 2006 World Series).

On June 12, 2007, the first no-hitter was thrown at Comerica Park by Justin Verlander. The Tigers won the game 4–0 against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was also the first no-hitter thrown by a Tiger in the city of Detroit since Virgil Trucks accomplished the feat in 1952.

On May 24, 2008, the Tiger statue at the main entrance to the ballpark was dressed with a Detroit Red Wings jersey as the Red Wings were playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals during that time. Detroit defeated Pittsburgh in 6 games for the Stanley Cup. The jersey is usually worn by the Spirit of Detroit, but it was undergoing restoration during that time.

On August 15, 2011, Minnesota Twins slugger Jim Thome became the eighth player in baseball history to hit 600 career home runs.

Comerica Park hosted its second World Series in 2012, with the Tigers getting swept by the San Francisco Giants.

Concerts

Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Note(s) Reference(s)
July 5, 2000 Dave Matthews Band Ben Harper
Ozomatli
43,822 $2,037,723 The first act to play at the ballpark.
June 3, 2001 Dave Matthews Band Macy Gray A second show was added.
June 4, 2001
June 29, 2001 NSYNC PopOdyssey Moved from the Pontiac Silverdome. A second show was later added.
June 30, 2001
September 1, 2001 Luther Vandross
Missy Elliott
Frankie Beverly
Maze
Ginuwine
Tank
Erick Sermon
The Isley Brothers
Ford Detroit Music Festival
July 19, 2003 Bon Jovi Goo Goo Dolls
Sheryl Crow
Bounce Tour 32,507 / 40,330 $1,969,069
September 7, 2003 Kiss
Aerosmith
Ted Nugent
Saliva
Rocksimus Maximus Tour/World Domination Tour 41,000 Postponed from August 15, due to the blackout that occurred the day before.
September 21, 2003 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band The Rising Tour 27,728 / 37,437 $2,048,816
August 12, 2005 Eminem
50 Cent
G-Unit
Lil' Jon
Lil' Scrappy
Limp Bizkit
Papa Roach
Anger Management Tour
August 13, 2005
August 31, 2005 The Rolling Stones Maroon 5 A Bigger Bang
July 17, 2009 Kid Rock Lynyrd Skynyrd
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Rock N' Rebels Tour 2009 A second show was added. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Robert Randolph and the Family Band opened the first show, while Alice in Chains and Cypress Hill opened the second show.
July 18, 2009 Alice in Chains

Cypress Hill

July 30, 2010 Sum 41 This concert was part of the Vans Warped Tour 2010.
September 2, 2010 Eminem
Jay-Z
B.o.B The Home & Home Tour Special guests with Eminem: 50 Cent, D12, The Alchemist, Trick Trick, G-Unit, Drake, and Dr. Dre. Special guests with Jay-Z: Memphis Bleek, Bridget Kelly, and Young Jeezy.
September 3, 2010
July 24, 2011 Paul McCartney DJ Chris Holmes On the Run Tour 37,854 / 37,854 $3,470,134
August 12, 2011 Kid Rock Sammy Hagar Born Free Tour
August 13, 2011
July 28, 2012 Jimmy Buffett Lionel Richie Lounging at the Lagoon Tour This concert was one of the first times Jimmy Buffett and his band had played in such a large venue, and outdoors.
July 20, 2013 Jimmy Buffett Jackson Browne Songs from St. Somewhere Tour
May 30, 2014 Dierks Bentley Chris Young
Chase Rice
Jon Pardi
Riser Tour This concert was a part of the WYCD Hoedown.
July 26, 2014 Jimmy Buffett John Fogerty This One's For You Tour James Taylor was a special guest on "Mexico".
August 22, 2014 Eminem
Rihanna
Monster Tour 105,092 / 105,092 $10,598,888
August 23, 2014
July 8, 2015 The Rolling Stones Walk the Moon Zip Code Tour 36,712 / 36,712 $6,282,151
September 12, 2015 Zac Brown Band Drake White Jekyll and Hyde Tour
July 12, 2017 Metallica Volbeat
Avenged Sevenfold
Mix Master Mike
WorldWired Tour 40,573 / 43,159 $4,501,650
July 13, 2018 Journey
Def Leppard
The Pretenders Def Leppard & Journey 2018 Tour 31,383 / 31,383 $2,521,174
July 14, 2018 Zac Brown Band OneRepublic
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Down the Rabbit Hole Live
July 9, 2021 Billy Joel This concert was originally scheduled to take place on July 10, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
July 10, 2021 Def Leppard
Mötley Crüe
Poison
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
This concert was originally scheduled to take place on August 20, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 8, 2021 Guns N' Roses Mammoth WVH Guns N' Roses 2020 Tour This concert was originally scheduled to take place on July 11, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 10, 2021 Green Day
Weezer
Fall Out Boy
The Interrupters Hella Mega Tour This concert was originally scheduled to take place on August 19, 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 14, 2022 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Strokes
Thundercat
2022 Global Stadium Tour

Hockeytown Winter Festival

See also: 2014 NHL Winter Classic

On February 9, 2012, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that Comerica Park would host many events leading up to the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. These events would have included the NHL alumni game, as well as outdoor games from all levels, including youth, the Ontario Hockey League, the American Hockey League, and the Great Lakes Invitational. Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, the event was cancelled. Instead, the festival took place in December 2013 where an outdoor rink was set up on the infield of the ballpark for public skating and hockey games.

Date Away Team Score Home Team Attendance
December 16, 2013 Western Mustangs 5–2 Windsor Lancers 1,000
December 27, 2013 Michigan State Spartans 2–3 (SO) Michigan Tech Huskies
Western Michigan Broncos 3–2 (OT) Michigan Wolverines 25,449
December 28, 2013 Michigan State Spartans 3–0 Michigan Wolverines 26,052
Michigan Tech Huskies 0–1 (OT) Western Michigan Broncos
December 29, 2013 Windsor Spitfires 6–5 Saginaw Spirit 25,749
London Knights 1–2 (SO) Plymouth Whalers 26,384
December 30, 2013 Toronto Marlies 4–3 (SO) Grand Rapids Griffins 20,337
December 31, 2013 Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni 4–5 Detroit Red Wings Alumni 33,425
5–6 (SO)

Soccer

On July 19, 2017, Comerica Park hosted its first ever soccer game between Roma of the Italian Serie A League against Paris Saint-Germain of France's Ligue 1 in the 2017 International Champions Cup tournament.

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
July 19, 2017 France Paris Saint-Germain 1–1
5–3 (pens.)
Italy Roma 2017 International Champions Cup 36,289

See also

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