We were provided complimentary tickets to attend a Tigers game. All opinions are my own.
We’re more than half-way through covering the games we attended on our Midwest baseball #roadtripofdreams! If you haven’t been following along until now, our family road-tripped for 11 days to see seven different Major League Baseball games at different stadiums this summer. We got to attend games in St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinnati on this trip of a lifetime for baseball fans. Over the last several weeks I’ve shared about the first four games of our trip, and today I’m sharing about our family’s experience attending a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park. This was a great experience for our family for several reasons. First, Comerica Park is a great stadium for families and kids to enjoy a ballgame and the overall ballpark experience (more on that below). Second, Sawyer’s Little League team next year will likely be the Tigers, so we got to pick up some cool fan gear to wear to his games. Third, Sawyer is obsessed with tigers (the animal; see his tiger-themed birthday party here), and since there are tiger statues EVERYWHERE at Comerica Park he was super happy the whole time.
Nice family-friendly hotel in the Detroit area
Looking for where to stay for a Detroit Tigers game? We were unable to get a hotel right next to Comerica Park, so we opted to stay at a nice, family-friendly hotel in the suburbs. Since we’re a Hilton family, we found a great deal at Embassy Suites by Hilton Detroit Livonia Novi. They had a great pool that the kids LOVED, and like all Embassy Suites, we loved the all-suite layout (so parents and kids can have their own space in the room), the complimentary hot breakfast buffet, and (my husband’s favorite Embassy Suites amenity) the complimentary evening cocktail reception. To avoid the traffic and parking spot scarcity of trying to park near Comerica Park, we left our car at the hotel (which has free guest parking) and took a Lyft to and from the stadium.
Attending a baseball game at Comerica Park in Detroit with your family
Out of all the parks we saw games at during our Midwest baseball road trip, none of the stadiums seem to embrace their team mascot quite as much as Comerica Park does. Inside and outside of the park are beautiful stone tiger busts and statues (including a few on top of the scoreboard). Despite Comerica being a newer park (it was built in 2000), we noticed that the layout of the stadium feels like a classic ballpark. The walkways are nice and wide, so you don’t feel claustrophobic or like you’re pushing through crowds. The Detroit Tigers are “the oldest continuous one name, one city franchise in the league” (according to Wikipedia), and Comerica Park carries over the tradition of their past players and team history in multiple ways throughout the stadium, including player statues and a free “pedestrian museum” in the main thoroughfare that shares history and memorabilia of the club, decade by decade. There was also an overall sense of pride in the organization, both at the park and from the fans in attendance. One pro tip: Arrive early to account for long lines to get in, as they take security very seriously, so bag searches and metal detection will slow things down.
Why Comerica Park is a great stadium for attending baseball games with kids
We felt that Comerica Park was an especially great stadium for watching a baseball game with your family. It felt like a safe, family-friendly atmosphere, and there were several activities completely geared towards children. Some examples are their baseball-themed ferris wheel and their all-tiger carousel (basically Sawyer’s dream come true). Learn more about bringing kids to Comerica Park on the Detroit Tigers website here.
Food and concessions at Comerica Park
Like most ballparks, Comerica Park has a lot of delicious food options. What sets them apart are the convenience and variety. Most of their concession options are available in a central food court called Big Cat Court near the carousel. This food court has your choice of traditional ballpark fare (hot dogs, pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, and the like) plus Mexican, Greek, Detroit traditional, and even Michigan state fair food (think fried OREOs and food on a stick) plus giant cocktails and beer (they had a lot of local beer on tap). As far as the hot dogs go, they had some of the best choices we saw during our entire baseball road trip. Grayson, who did our concessions reporting for my Instagram Stories during the trip, actually rated Comerica Park as having the best hot dogs of all the stadiums we visited. My favorite was the Mac Daddy Dog (a hot dog topped with mac n’ cheese, bacon, and scallions), but they also had options like their famous Detroit Coney Dog, a Chicago Dog, a Banh Mi Dog, and an Al Pastor Dog. The concessions staff were all very friendly and helpful, too. You could tell everyone felt proud and happy to be a part of the Tigers experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Comerica Park for the Tigers game, and would happily see a game there again. We’d love to have the chance to explore more of Detroit (since we really didn’t do much there besides seeing the game), so we plan to be back someday to make that happen. Stay tuned next week for our experience attending an Indians game in Cleveland, then keep following along in the weeks ahead for our whole Midwest baseball road trip itinerary.
- Route and recommendations for planning the ultimate Midwest baseball road trip
- Visiting St. Louis for a Cardinals Game (and the best hotel near Busch Stadium)
- Everything you need to know about attending a Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium with kids
- Traveling to Minneapolis for a Minnesota Twins game in style
- Family vacation in Chicago for a Cubs game
- Visiting Cleveland with kids for an Indians game
- Traveling to Cincinnati for a Reds game