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Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park offers unique features for ballpark fun

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Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 3:58 pm

Baseball fever is more than just a passion for a sporting event. Each team and stadium has its own unique quirks and traditions that draw tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans for each game.

 Comerica Park, which opened April 11, 2000 with the Detroit Tigers vs. the Seattle Mariners, has its own features that make a visit to the ball park fun and exciting.

Watch for the new “Mr. I” in the outfield

 Fans at Comerica Park will notice a giant “Mr. I” cut into the outfield grass, in honor of the late owner Mike Ilitch, who died Feb. 10 at age 87. His son, Chris Ilitch, is now at the helm of the family business, which includes the Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza.

An unobstructed view

 Comerica Park has 41,782 seats, each with a non-obstructed view. Plus, each seat offers an amazing view of downtown Detroit, because there is no upper-deck seating in the outfield.

Monument Park

 Similar to the park in center field of Yankee Stadium, Comerica offers its own version of Monument Park behind left center field.

 Cast in stainless steel and standing 13-feet high, the statues portray the players in the heat of the game, including Tiger greats Al Kaline, Ty Cobb, Charlie Gehringer, Hal Newhouser, Willie Horton and Hank Greenburg. A statue of Tigers legend and Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell was unveiled near the stadium’s main entrance in 2002.

Speaking of statues

 The main entrance features this 15-foot high Tiger statue, which is often decorated in order to support the other Detroit teams, most notably the Red Wings.

 There are a total of nine tiger statues in and around Comerica Park, including two on top of the scoreboard. The nine may be in reference to the number of players on a field at one time.

The Ferris wheel

 The Tigers have their very own Ferris wheel behind the third base line, with each car shaped to look like a baseball. This is an incredibly popular place at Comerica Park, and also houses many places to buy food, beverages and Tigers gear.

The scoreboard

 A unique feature on the Tigers’ scoreboard is two tigers standing on top that have eyes which light up when the Tigers score. Fans will also hear the sounds of a roaring tiger.

The “Keyhole”

 One of Comerica’s most unique features is the stripe that goes from the pitcher’s mound to home plate. It’s often referred to as the “keyhole,” because of the look of the stripe combined with the pitcher’s mound. The only other field in the major league that offers this older feature is Chase Field in Arizona, home of the Diamondbacks.

The Flagpole

 Intended as a tribute to Tiger Stadium, the flagpole was originally placed in left center field in a position that would allow it to be in the field of play. But when dimensional changes took place to the field and the bullpen was moved from right to left field, the flagpole was taken out of play.

 It currently sits in the bullpen and any player who hits the famous flagpole is rewarded with a home run.

Time capsule

 Buried beneath the dirt at home plate lies a baseball signed by the entire Detroit Tigers team during the 1999 season. Hopefully, way in the future, workers tearing down Comerica Park will find the ball and remember baseball’s prominence that year.

Player intros

 Each player has his own song he likes to hear when he steps up to bat or pitch. These songs not only get the players focused and prepared, but also create fan excitement.

Weekend post-game fireworks

 Check out the Detroit Tigers weekend schedules for firework shows after the games.

Sources: Bleacherreport.com, Clickondetroit.com

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