Detroit Tigers bring high vibes back to Comerica for Opening Weekend

The Detroit Tigers returned to the Motor City at 5-1 and it was clear that fans were feeling good about their team's early success.
Detroit Tigers host the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park during Opening Weekend.
Detroit Tigers host the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park during Opening Weekend. / Mark Cunningham/GettyImages

Understandably so, Detroit Tigers fans packed the house this weekend when their Detroit Tigers came home for the first time this season. The Tigers were riding high, coming into the weekend at 5-1 after sweeping the Chicago White Sox and taking two of three from the New York Mets. There was a buzz in the air like there hadn't been in years. Plenty of things stuck out to me this weekend at the ballpark.

Firstly, the new scoreboard. Holy cow! It is HUGE! The animated tiger during a batter's walkup is a super cool touch, the picture is more clear, and they have begun putting relevant stats up again with the added room. I will say only good things about the new scoreboard. I am glad there was no obstruction to the beautiful skyline during the renovations. In other good news, the out-of-town scoreboard that was once in right-center field has reappeared between innings on the scoreboard, which is nice, especially if the Tigers are in a playoff race.

Despite the Detroit Tigers' struggles, Comerica Park was rocking all weekend, and the team should use that energy for success.

Secondly, the food was a big hit this season. Nachos at 313 Taco near section 130A were the bomb! Multiple people asking where the nachos were had me feeling like I made a good choice. The aroma of the new barbecue joint near the Ferris wheel engulfed the concourse and made you feel like you were at the ballgame. The Blue Moon Bistro in left field was packed as well. There is plenty to like with options from sliders to spicy chicken sandwiches. Seeing daiquiris in baseball bats is also a sign of people having a great time.

Finally, the crowd was electric. The wave got started in the fifth inning and went around the ballpark for the entire half-inning in both the upper and lower deck. Fans were singing along to Tigers players' walkup songs and packing the seats early as opposed to showing up late. 20 minutes before the gates opened on Saturday, the line was down to Woodward and beyond as fans eagerly waited for their chance to get a Detroit Tigers hockey jersey.

This crowd was like something the Tigers hadn't seen since the mid-2010s outside of the weekend celebration of Miguel Cabrera last year. Fans were behind the team the entire time, despite the lack of success on the field as the team dropped two of three to the Oakland Athletics.

If the Tigers fans continue to show up like this, they will give the Tigers a great environment to play in this season. The team should use this early attendance to their advantage and rack up some early season victories if they want to keep the fans coming through the gates all year long.