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Comerica Park
Tigers opening day2 2007.jpg
Location Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°20′21″N 83°2′55″W / 42.33917°N 83.04861°W / 42.33917; -83.04861Coordinates: 42°20′21″N 83°2′55″W / 42.33917°N 83.04861°W / 42.33917; -83.04861
Broke ground October 29, 1997
Opened April 11, 2000
Owner Detroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority
Operator Olympia Entertainment
Surface Kentucky Bluegrass
Construction cost $300 million
($371 million in 2016 dollars )
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
Capacity 40,120 (2000–2002)
41,070 (2003–2007)
41,782 (2008)
41,255 (2009–2013)
41,681 (2014)
41,574 (2015)
41,297 (2016)
41,299 (2017–present)
Record attendance 45,280 (July 26, 2008 against Chicago White Sox)
Field dimensions Left field – 345 feet (105 m)
Left-center – 370 feet (113 m)
Center field – 420 feet (128 m)
Right-center – 365 feet (111 m)
Right field – 330 feet (101 m)
Tenants
Detroit Tigers (MLB) (2000–present)

Comerica Park is an open-air ballpark located in Downtown Detroit. It serves as the home of the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball, replacing Tiger Stadium in 2000.

The park is named after Comerica Bank, which was founded in Detroit and was based there when the park opened. Comerica's headquarters have since been moved to Dallas, though the bank still retains a large presence in Detroit. The stadium's seating capacity is 41,299. Comerica Park sits on the original site of the Detroit College of Law.

History

Construction

Since their founding in 1901, the Tigers had played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues in Detroit's Corktown section. For the last 88 of those years, they played at what eventually became Tiger Stadium. By the mid-1990s, it had become apparent that the much-beloved ballpark could not be renovated any further.

Groundbreaking for a new ballpark to replace Tiger Stadium for the Tigers 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.

Features

Entrance to the ballpark is located across the street from the Fox Theatre. Outside of the main entrance to the stadium there is a tiger statue that is 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. Along the brick walls outside of the park are 33 tiger heads with lighted baseballs in their mouths.

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 where guests ride on tigers instead of horses. A giant fountain is located behind center field; playing displays during pre and post-game activities, between innings, and whenever the Tigers score.

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.

Other features include:

  • After Friday and Saturday games, there is an on-field fireworks display for the fans to enjoy.
  • Whenever the Tigers score a run and/or win the game, the sound of a tiger growling is played through the public address system and a fountain erupts from the Chevrolet Fountain.

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