Detroit Tigers July Comerica Park Game Pass Review #1
The Detroit Tigers advertised a July nine-game pass for $49. I bought two of them – one for me, one for my son so we could attend every home game in July. Here’s how it’s going:
This was a gamble on my part, simply because I like to know where I’m sitting. My son and I consider ourselves to the “seat snobs” because we like to sit close to the action and the Tigers dugout – as close as possible.
I just couldn’t say no to that low price, considering I usually spend more than that on one seat to one game.
Game One: July 15 vs Kansas City Royals
The first game was on July 15 against the Kansas City Royals. I didn’t quite know what to expect with the whole ticketing process. I had to use the Ballpark App to access the passes to get in. These passes put us in the Standing-Room-Only section. But, to my surprise, I got a text from the Ballpark App offering me seats in Section 142. There was no added charge, so I accepted them.
Keep in mind that at this point, my seats for this game were $12.44. Not bad. On the MLB Tigers website, those seats are $53 each – $106 before taxes and fees.
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I promised my son we would upgrade at least one of the nine games. I love watching Justin Verlander pitch, so we upgraded and ended up in Section 130, row 12. Those are $128, face value. My upgrade was $28 per ticket. I’d say my son and I did ok.
To make the game even better, he did get autographs from Cameron Maybin and Tyler Collins. Best of all, it was a win followed by the outstanding CoPa fireworks.
Game Two: July 16 vs Kansas City Royals
This was the one game we had to attend, simply because the Tigers gave away 10,000 J.D. Martinez bobbleheads. We got in line about 45 minutes early so we could be sure to get our collectibles. The bobblehead actually looks like J.D., too.
This was also the game where Brandon Inge talked about playing in the 2006 World Series. He even got to talk about hitting no home runs in the Home Run Derby.
I told my son I was going to go cheap to this game. So, I found a free parking spot and I did not do an upgrade. Not for a Mike Pelfrey game.
Bobblehead games are generally busy, so I did not expect to get good seats. And, we didn’t. The seats we had were in Section 211. I had never been out of the lower bowl, so my son and I did check out the seats. It’s quite steep up there. We walked up, looked down, shook our heads no, walked back down, and spent the rest of the game standing behind home plate with the standing-room-only option we had.
In all honesty, I probably would not have gone to that game because I’m not a fan of Pelfrey. The large crowd did not hide its disgust. There were plenty of collective and loud groans from the fans during that first inning. And, the second. Pelfrey’s poor performance gave us time to wander around the park and try some different food.
Pelfrey’s poor performance gave us time to wander around the park and try some different food. I do recommend the Tiger Traxx ice cream at the Hudsonville Ice Cream counter in the Big Cat Court. It’s vanilla ice cream with fudge swirls and chocolate covered pretzels. Skip the souvenir hat bowl and go with the waffle cone. Yummo!
My son got another autograph from Cameron Maybin – he was the only player signing. And, while we were in the standing room only section behind home plate, he got a foul ball – his first one. This was also the first game that I watch while standing. It’s not my first choice, but those seats were just too high for my comfort level – I don’t like heights. One nice thing about the SRO sections is that you can stand in any of them and there are plenty of fans to talk to throughout the game.
I’m also going to put in a plug for the amazing ushers at Comerica Park. They are so helpful and friendly. Take time to talk to them. They’ve got some great stories!
Game Three: July 17 vs Kansas City Royals
We actually skipped this game. After two days of driving from Grand Rapids to Detroit and back to Grand Rapids, I was just too tired to drive to the day game. I really wanted to see Michael Fulmer pitch, but I was too tired.
Since the tickets were only $6.22 each, it was easy to skip the game. Hopefully, I’ll get to see Fulmer pitch when the Astros come to town. Had we gone today, the seats would have been the last row of Section 139.
This was also a bobblehead day, but only for kids. My son would have received a Jose Iglesias bobblehead. He was also too tired to want to go back to Detroit today.
So far, I’m happy with my purchase. I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth. I know that I will NEVER buy tickets in the 200-level section – simply because the steepness of the section is scary.
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We’ve got six games left. Stay tuned for the review of the Twins series.