The Ultimate Guide to The D’s Biggest Party: Tigers Opening Day in Detroit 2019

Modified: July 08, 2022 | Story by Lindsay | Photos by Stevie Ansara and Bill Bowen

Opening Day in Detroit is almost an official holiday, and this year’s game against the Royals will be no different. On April 4th, Detroit will be flooded with baseball fans or just people looking to have some fun. The Detroit Tigers baseball home opener unleashes a party for Detroiters. Bars open early, heated outdoor tents spring up, TVs, entertainment and more can be found throughout the city.

Tickets to the game or not, you’ll want to take the day off and head to Detroit for the celebration. Check out this guide for some of the biggest parties in The D. Your favorite bar or restaurant will probably open early and have a special event so check their website and social media too.


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Tigers Opening Day Parties and Special Events

Detroit Home Opener Festival
This festival is the biggest opening day party in Detroit. It’s located at the Madison Avenue Festival grounds. It’s an outdoor party with giant heated tents. Expect everything from DJs and live music to games, food, beer, a full bar, and more. Make sure to grab tickets to this event ahead of time through their website.

97.1 The Ticket Opening Day Block Party
Head downtown to Detroit’s Grand Circus Park for this free block party on opening day. Music, food vendors, beer options and giant screens to watch the game. The party goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tigers Opening Day party in Grand Circus Park

Opening Day by Evan Gonzalez.

Block Party
One building, one ticket ($20 each), four different party venues. The Annex Detroit, Cabana, Brass Rail Sports Bar, and a heated tent are the four venues open to Detroit’s biggest opening day block party. TVs, food, bars, and DJs throughout.

Town Pump Tavern Opening Day Tent Party
With a $15 ticket, party from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with DJ Zig Zag, great barbecue and a full bar in a heated tent.

97.9 WJLB Home Opening Party at Visions
Heated outdoor tents and food from the grill or party inside. Rent your own tent for a private celebration.

Detroit Shipping Company
Opening at 8 a.m., DSC will have food, fun and beer. Grab a parking pass through Eventbrite and take the shuttle to the game.

Tigers Opening Day at Comerica Park

Opening Day by Leah Castile.

Hotel Options in Downtown Detroit

Downtown Detroit offers many top-notch lodging options that will put you close to Comerica. For options within walking distance, try Greektown Casino Hotel, Aloft DetroitHilton Garden Inn Downtown Detroit, or 234 Winder Street Inn.

Boutique hotels in beautifully restored historic buildings are the perfect way to add a little history and architecture to the trip. Try the Detroit Foundation Hotel and The Siren Hotel.

One of Detroit’s casino hotels are perfect for those who want to enjoy gaming and entertainment before and after the game. Check out MGM Grand Detroit or MotorCity Casino-Hotel.

If you’d prefer a name you know off the bat, these hotel chains have locations downtown Courtyard by Marriott, Westin Book Cadillac, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza and DoubleTree Suites by Hilton.

Getting Around

Many bars and restaurants offer shuttles to Comerica Park on opening day. If you’d like to take your party on the road, check out a party bus, shuttle, limo or trolley that will be running from different bars to the game.

You can skip driving and have Detroit Party Bus pick you up from one of the outlying suburbs. Drinks are available on the motor coach or you can bring your own. Your Detroit Party Bus ticket is round trip and will take you to various downtown locations and parties.

Van Hove Limousine will be running party buses, limos, and trolleys from various bars in Utica, Royal Oak, Chesterfield and more to Greektown Casino.

Even if you can’t score tickets to the home opener against the Royals, you’ll want to head to The D for the party. It’s the perfect way to kick off baseball season or just kick back and have fun with friends.

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