The Detroit Tigers play the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park at 1:10 p.m. Friday, April 7. Opening Day festivities start as early as 7 a.m. Tickets aren’t required for fans just looking to enjoy the party. Here’s your guide to a few of the best stops and parties:
When: Opens at 8 a.m.
Get an early start and feel like you’re part of the action, even if you don’t have tickets to the game. Hockeytown Café charges a $10 cover to join its celebration right across the street from Comerica Park.
When: Opens at 11 a.m.
Nemo’s considers Opening Day to be its signature event of the year. This is a tried-and-true party location. Catch live music by the Polish Muslims and party in the tent or inside with thousands of Tiger’s fans all day long. Going to the game? Nemo’s will shuttle you there.
McShane’s Irish Pub
When: Opens at 10 a.m.
By 8 a.m. beer fans will flock to the beer tent for the tapping of Arbor Brewing Company’s Honey Lavender, then stick around for the 9 a.m. tapping of Perrin Brewing Company’s No Rules Barrel Aged Imperial Porter. The party continues over on the patio, as the staff grills its famous Beer Can Chicken. After the game, revelers can hit the dance floor. McShane’s offers parking and a free round trip shuttle to Comerica Park.
When: Party starts at 7 a.m.
Just a baseball toss from the stadium, Park Bar is a great spot to grab a beer, meet up with friends and watch the Detroit Tiger’s play on any one of its large screen televisions. Live music will kick off at 9 a.m. upstairs.
Red Smoke Barbeque
When: Opens at 10 a.m.
In celebration of Opening Day, Red Smoke offers up its own take on a classic – the ballpark dog. The ballpark dog features housemade andouille sausage in a soft bakery bun, dressed with classic ketchup and mustard. “Anything fancier would ruin a very good thing.”
Official Detroit Tiger’s 97.1 The Ticket Opening Day Party
When: 10 a.m.
On the east side of the park, located closest to Comerica, party-goers can enjoy a Brew and View tent to buy a beer and watch the game. The main stage will feature a DJ spinning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a performance by Brena, a local cover band from Grand Rapids, until 12:45 p.m. At that point, the pre-game and game are projected onto a giant flat screen at the main stage.
Official Tigers gear will be available for sale on site and interactive games will be set up to fill the park.
More than 50,000 visit the event each year, and hundreds stay to watch the game on the multiple screens, according to Falk. Afterward, party-goers stick around check out the mainstage DJ, dance, enjoy craft beer tents and sponsor booths.
Did we mention April 7 also marks National Beer Day? All the more reason to let the party continue.
A few other spots you might want to try to make the most of Opening Day include: Cheli’s Chili Bar, Detroit Beer Company, Town Pump, Broderick Grille or Harry’s Detroit.
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