Home of the Detroit Tigers
Experience the Park Comerica Park Fan Guide
Baseball isn’t the only game in town during summer in Detroit. The Motor City isn’t known as a tourist hot-spot, but there’s plenty to see and do. Tigers Owner Mike Illitch has spent a bundle beautifying Detroit and reshaping entertainment for Detroit fans and visitors alike. His wife owns a portion of Motor City Casino and Mike owns the historic Fox Theatre, Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Red Wings, Cobo Arena and more. The intricately-designed theatre, which faces Comerica, hosts concerts, plays and even Red Wings viewing parties.
• The Greektown neighborhood is a short walk (or ride on the people mover) from Comerica and is full of restaurants, nightlife and the Greektown Casino
• Joe Louis Arena is on the banks of the Detroit River alongside Cobo Hall, the former home of the Detroit Pistons. ‘The Joe’ is usually bustling every spring as the Red Wings have made the playoffs every season since 1992, and in ’97, ’98, ’02, and ’08 hosted Stanley Cup Finals games as late as June.
• The Detroit Lions aren’t as successful as the Wings, but their home at Ford Field is right next door to Comerica. In fact, you can see it from the upper deck seats. So if you’ve got the time and the money, you could take in a double-feature on a September Sunday, or simply take a tour.
• The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is close by. The Tigers and Kansas City Royals celebrate the former Negro Leagues with a historical weekend each summer, donning throwback jerseys for the event.
• The Motor City closes out the summer with open wheel racing on Belle Isle with the Detroit Grand Prix Indy Car race during Labor Day weekend.
• In August, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise is arguably Detroit’s biggest event. For one day, classic and muscle cars roll down Woodward Avenue just outside of Detroit. Although the Dream Cruise is only officially for one day, festivities are held throughout the weekend and cars can be found cruising Woodward more than a week in advance.
• Detroit is the birthplace of soul, but in the summer months it’s also a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Motown annually hosts the Downtown Hoedown, a country music festival featuring local and national recording artists, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, a techno fest during the long Memorial Day weekend. But if you want to experience the real Motown scene go to the only place that has more hits than Comerica Park: Hitsville USA, the home of Motown Records, is a museum full of Detroit music history.