Pranksters may have anticipated April Fool’s Day, but buzz here was Detroit Tigers Opening Day, March 31. And that’s no joke, especially for winter-beleaguered locals. As if to say “hurrah, hurrah! Opening Day,” Mother Nature is blessing Michigan with the first mid-to-high 50s temps in months. Spring weather bodes very well for Tigers and fans, says the Detroit Free Press.
Changes for Tigers
The Tigers faced the Kansas City Royals in their first game of the season at Comerica Park, Monday. And they faced changes too. The biggest game-changer was a new manager, Brad Ausmus, who replaced former Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Pitcher Justin Verlander is back after muscles issues, says Freep. The roster looked a little different.
Visitors faced changes too. New beefed-up Comerica Park security measures started Monday, says MLB. Fans must complete a metal detector walk-through to enter the ballpark. Similar to courthouse security, bags were searched. Guests had to empty pockets. Guests could bypass the walk-thru metal detector, but they’ll still have to be screened with a hand-held one. Visitors were advised to limit what they brought and to arrive early. Access to the ballpark via Beer Hall or the Labatt Blue Light Jungle outside doors won’t be available this year, either.
Comerica Park is located at 2100 Woodward, downtown Detroit. Streets around the ballpark are closed three hours before game time. There is a shuttle bus service. The new drop-off and pickup site is now located curbside at Lot G between Adams and Bagley. No major roadwork is planned. But guests are cautioned to plan for delays with enhances security and road closures, says the Detroit Free Press.
For a great pre-game bite to eat, a Detroit Coney Island is a must. I recommend Lafayette Coney Island at 118 Lafayette downtown. The American Coney Island next door touts itself as the original. It has a larger menu. But I’m a loyal Lafayette girl. It’s greasy-spoon diner cheap and yummy. It doesn’t have a website; I got the menu from Yelp. I’m also partial to Bert’s Marketplace (again, no website; details from Metro Times). Located near Eastern Market at 2727 Russell, Bert’s serves to-die-for BBQ, soul food, Cajun sides, plus jazz–now that’s Detroit.
See you in the Motor City!