Tenant: Detroit Tigers (AL)
Architect: HOK Sport (Kansas City); SHG Inc. (Detroit)
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Location: Home plate (N by NW), Montcalm; 1st base/right field (W by SW), Whitherell; center field (S by SE), Adams; 3rd base/left field (E by NE), Brush.
Dimensions: Left field: 345 feet (2000); left-center: 395 feet (2000), 370 feet (2003); center field: 420 feet (2000); right-center: 365 feet (2000); right field: 330 feet (2000); foul territory: small.
Fences: 8 feet, except in right-center field, where the fence is 11 feet tall.
Located in downtown Detroit, Comerica Park promises to play a major part in the revitalization of the struggling city. The $360 million ballpark has old fashioned touches, like brick and steel construction and assymetrical dimensions. However, there are many modern aspects, like a sunken playing field, rides for the kids, state-of-the-art facilities and one of the largest scoreboards in sports. The park could also eventually have a retractable roof.
Fans in Comerica Park have an open view of downtown over the right-field fence. They also have more room. Although the ballpark takes up more land than Tiger Stadium, it seats 12,000 fewer people. Comerica Park is not the only sports facility in the neighborhood. Ford Field, the new home of the Detroit Lions football team, is located next door.
In December 1998, Comerica Incorporated, a Detroit-based financial services company, agreed to pay the Tigers $66 million over a 30-year period for naming rights at the new ballpark.
A new, closer left field fence was added before the 2004 season. While the distance down the left field line remain unchanged, the distance from home plate to every other part of the left field fence was reduced. In 2005, the bullpens were moved into the gap between the old and new left field fences. The old bullpens in right field were replaced by bleachers, expanding the ballpark's capacity by 950 seats.
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Aerial view of Comerica Park © 2000 by Mike Smith.
Updated April 2005
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