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Comerica Park

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Comerica Park is a baseball stadium located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It was constructed as a replacement for the popular, but aging, Tiger Stadium for the Detroit Tigers. It is located next door to Ford Field, the new home of the Detroit Lions and near the Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings. The park is also featured briefly in the movie Driven.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48216
Broke ground October 29, 1997
Opened April 11, 2000
Replaced Tiger Stadium
Owner Detroit-Wayne County
Stadium Authority
Surface Grass
Construction cost $300M
($115M taxpayers,
$185M Tigers)
Architect HOK Sport;
SHG Inc.
Detroit Tigers (2000-present)
Seating capacity
40,950 (1997)
40,000 (2000)
40,950 (2005)
Left Field - 345 ft
Left-Center - 370 ft
Center Field - 420 ft
Right-Center - 365 ft
Right Field - 330 ft


Groundbreaking for a new ballpark to replace Tiger Stadium for the Detroit Tigers was held on October 29, 1997 and the new stadium was opened to the public in 2000. The new stadium is part of a downtown revitalization plan for the city of Detroit.

In December 1998, Comerica Bank agreed to pay $66 million over 30 years for the naming rights for the new ballpark.

Prior to the 2005 season, 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, 950 seats were added for a new capacity of 40,950.

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Comerica Park hosted the 2005 MLB All Star Game and its related activities. On July 11, 2005 Comerica Park hosted the Home Run Derby, in this event Bobby Abreu slammed out 24 home runs in the first round, smashing the old record of 15 (David Ortiz also surpassed the old record by hitting 17) Abreu won the Derby over Tiger Iván Rodríguez and hit a record 41 homers during the event.

The following night, the park hosted the 76th MLB All Star Game. The American League won 7-5, with Miguel Tejada earning won the game's MVP award.

The following Sunday, Comerica Park was the scene of a serious on-field disturbance at a baseball game. The Tigers lost to the Kansas City Royals that day.


While many feel that Comerica Park is a fine place to watch a baseball game, many other Tiger fans have been critical of the new stadium. It is worth noting that most of the criticism comes from being the successor to Tiger Stadium, one of the most hallowed grounds in the history of Major League Baseball. While Comerica Park has no obstructed views of the field, the tradeoff for this is that upper-deck seats are considerably further from the action than they were at Tiger Stadium. Comerica Park has also been criticized for facing south (which can cause the setting sun to blind spectators during evening games) and for having a shallow incline to its standards (which can make it difficult for shorter spectators to see over the person seated in front of them). Some also dislike other aspects of the stadium, including having a ferris wheel and carousel within the ballpark, feeling that it detracts from the sporting atmosphere.

Comerica Park!

Detroit's Comerica Park as seen by Aaron Barth on June 11, 2004.

Photo by Aaron Barth

4/11/2000 Mariners 2, Tigers 5
Umpires Rick Reed, Mark Wegner
  Jim Reynolds, Charlie Williams
Managers Phil Garner, Tigers
  Lou Piniella, Mariners
Starting Pitchers Brian Moehler, Tigers
  Freddy Garcia, Mariners
Ceremonial Pitch Maggie Dewalt, Jeff Barnswell
  9 year old Tiger fans
Attendance 39,168
Batter Mark McLemore (fly out)
Hit John Olerud (double)
Run Luis Polonia
RBI Gregg Jeffries
Single Gregg Jeffries
Double John Olerud
Triple Luis Polonia
Home Run Juan Gonzalez (04/14/2000)
Grand Slam Trot Nixon (04/19/2000)
IPHR Juan Gonzalez (09/02/2000)
Stolen Base Mark McLemore (04/12/2000)
Sacrifice Hit Deivi Cruz
Sacrifice Fly Dean Palmer (04/13/2000)
Cycle Damion Easley (06/08/2001)
Win Brian Moehler
Loss Freddy Garcia
Shutout Aaron Sele (04/12/2000)
Save Todd Jones
Hit by Pitch Jeff Sparks hit Dean Palmer
Wild Pitch Dave Mlicki (04/12/2000)
Balk Freddy Garcia
No-Hitter (None)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

Still others believe the resemblance to Baltimore's Camden Yards is a bit too uncanny.

Finally, many in the baseball community have complained that the park's playing dimensions are too large and make it overly difficult to hit home runs in. To remedy this, the park's left-center fence was moved in from an original distance of 395 feet to 370 feet. Even after this, Comerica's dimensions remain some of the largest in all of Major League Baseball, and some argue that further reductions in fence distance are needed.

On the plus side, the positioning of the stands allowed a clear view of Wyland's Whales mural on the side of the downtown building called Broderick Tower.

Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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