Home of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, the 40,000-seat Comerica Park opened in 2000 to replace antiquated Tiger Stadium.
The new ballpark was planned as part of a revitalization plan for downtown Detroit which included construction of Ford Field, the home of the National Football League's Detroit Lions. The open-air ballpark was designed in the style of the old-fashioned ballparks, but features state-of-the-art facilities.
Tiger fans will appreciate the Walk of Fame on the lower concourse, a timeline spanning decades of Detroit Tiger baseball; Monument Park which features statues of such legendary Tigers as Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Hal Newhouser, Hank Greenberg, and Charlie Geheringer; and a 15-foot (five-meter) statue of a tiger located at the main entrance.
In 2005, Comerica Park hosted Major League Baseball's All Star Game, and in 2006 it hosted World Series games when the Detroit Tigers played the New York Yankees for the championship.
Exploring northern Michigan for MTB trails is something still on my list of things to do. So far I enjoyed some in the southeastern part of the State and these were easy-medium trails through the woods. We're talking summer months as other seasons won't be much indicated for riding. Lower Peninsula's orography only offers very mild climbs or occasional corrugated washes where "mountain biking" might not be an appropriate definition whereas "dirt" better fits. Minor workout doesn't mean there are no technical trails. Vegetation tries to reclaim the trails and the less used can at times become narrow enough to let raspberry bushes scratch legs and cause tube punctures. On such an occasion, repairing a puncture can be the least of the problems as the pit stop would make a good meal of you to the clouds of lurking mosquitoes. Avoid stopping!Related to:
Cycling - Kensington Metropark & Island Lake
Nice ride within parks on paved cycling paths. Kensington Metropark is a popular destination during summer months. Located west of Detroit, it includes Kent Lake which is formed by the Huron River. A 9-mile paved path surrounds the lake with minor ups and downs. Don't expect real steep hills! Speed limit is 10 mph - hardly obeyed by cyclists - and pedestrians have right of way. Not uncommon to see rollerbladers working their way here. In the southern portion of this path, right where the Huron River enters the lake, a connection path links with Island Lake park where less people can be found on the paths. Ride including Island Lake path is about 20 total miles.
Check link herebelow for map and recorded GPS track.Related to:
Comerica Park - Home of the Detroit Tigers
Another chapter in my visit of all the Major League Baseball Stadiums. I visited Comerica Park in June 2002.
Comerica Park is the newst home to the Detroit Tigers. Their original home, Tiger Stadium is still standing and you can visit, which I did, but it's not the same taking a tour or admiring it from the outside. I really wanted to see a game in the old stadium but, alas, it didn't happen.
1)Arrival & Departure.
On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best, I give this a 2. If I'd attended a game during the week, I may have given this a 1 or a 0 but I went on a weekend so the parking and traffic weren't as bad. The stadium is right downtown and therefore not convenient at all. The dorks who seem to believe all the old stadiums need replacing also seem to think there's nothing wrong with putting a house that seats 25-50,000 people smack dab in the middle of a parking nightmare. Downtowns are notoriously bad places to park so why add to that problem?
Not bad. I give it a 3.
I give this a 5. The park is located right by the lake so even on a hot summer's day, you get a breeze off the lake keeping the temperature at a comfortable level. Of course, if I'd attended a night game I very well may have frozen my butt off but I didn't so I don't know for sure. I'm going to leave my score at 5.
I give this a 3. They have fountains that flare up when the Tigers hit a home run, which is always fun. I love fountains. However, around the outside they have WAY too many tigers in various and assorted "ferocious" poses and it's just a bit much. Less is more, people.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Comerica. I give it an average score of 3 and given the chance, would happily go back.Related to:
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Take me out to the ballgame
We always make sure to get to a Tiger game. I never thought I would like Comerica Park since I grew up going to Tiger Stadium, but it does have its advantages - I never sit behind a pole is a big one! As they no longer suck, tickets are harder to come by - but there are still people selling them near the ballpark. I usually buy online so I don't know how honest these characters are, however the price of the tickets is listed right on them. I do recommend buying peanuts for a considerably cheaper price before getting inside.
Once inside (don't bring a bag - it will be searched and will take longer for you to enter), if you would like autographs head toward the third baseline where the infield meets the outfield. Two or three Tigers will sign autographs for around 10-20 minutes. They are particularly good with children and will choose them over any adult. If you create a memorabilia type item, they usually avoid it. My children brought a baseball each and a Sharpie each (a good idea since they got separated in the crowd).
If you go on a Friday night, you will be treated to a 10-15 minute fireworks show after the game.
Cycling in Michigan
Michigan has several dedicated biking paths and it can certainly be considered a cyclist's friendly State. Parks and recreation areas also feature specific mountain bike trails, although the warm months are not as many as one would desire and maximizing the short warm season is a must. I have my daily intake of cycling enjoyment around neighborhoods and some biking paths whenever I can, and hope I can soon explore more of Michigan!Related to:
NBA - Detroit Pistons
This curious tank painted like a basketball is visible from I-75 near exit 43, but the Pistons playground in Auburn Hills in definitely not as gloomy as the vicinity of the Detroit River.
As of May 2007, the Pistons are engaged in the Eastern Conference finals.
NHL - Detroit Red Wings
Beautiful Joe Louis Arena, located downtown on the Detroit River next to Cobo Hall, is the home rink of the Red Wings hockey team.
"Hockeytown", as locals call it, sits over 20,000 spectators and provides a great ambience.
Detroit - Comerica Park
With a capacity of 41,000 spectators, Comerica Park stadium is home to the baseball team of Detroit Tigers and hosted the 2005 All-Star game.
This renewed sport theater is part of the strategy to revitalize Detroit as a desirable city. Go for it!
Kayaking - Annual Sierra Club Winter Paddle
The trip from Island Lake south to Strawberry Lake is a rather slow, but peaceful paddle.
From Strawberry Lake south to the Portage Lake Dam you'll be traversing a number of lakes with fairly slow moving river in-between. From the Dam south to Dexter is a combination of shallow river, some light rapids, a few slow moving sections. Dexter to Barton Pond includes a fun little set of rapids at Delhi, fairly slow for the most part.
From Barton Pond through Ypsilanti's Ford and Belleville lakes you have a series of dams and ponds..
My favorite section is from the Portage Lake Dam to Delhi, a very nice 3 or 4 hour trip.Related to:
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All within walking distants!
Detroit Michigan home of the professional baseball team The Detroit Tigers, Lions (american football), Red Wings (Ice Hockey), and their major sport's teams facilties are all within walking distant's in downtown Detroit!
Take time out for a photo op in front of Comerica Park. With lots of photo's to take, here I am posing in front of a giant concrete tiger.
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