Your 2017 Field Guide To Detroit Tigers Home Opening Day Fun


One of the unofficial holidays in Detroit is the home opener for the Detroit Tigers. Tiger fans near and far gather in downtown Detroit for the start of baseball season and, unofficially, spring.

The April 7 home opener offers a lot more than just a 1:10 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox. There are tailgates, bar parties, food specials and much more around the stadium.

Let’s begin.

1. The Detroit Home Opener Festival

If you’re looking for a turnkey party experience, the Detroit Home Opener Festival might be your ticket. It will be in a parking lot (they call it their “festival site”) located about a block from Comerica Park on Madison Avenue. They boast Detroit’s largest heated marquee tents and open-air decks, as well as fully stocked bars with DJs, bands, games, and if you fancy you can get yourself a private cabana. They also have party buses from the suburbs if you don’t want to drive down. Your party starts at 9am and tickets start at $ 20. More at

2. Check out a new hot dog at RedSmoke

RedSmoke BBQ is located on Monroe Street in Greektown. The place is pretty tasty and they have a special new Andouille hot dog on opening day.

The RedSmoke Andouille Dog is the homemade andouille sausage hot link that is served in a soft baking bun and dressed with ketchup and mustard. It is served with onions and relish, along with potato chips, coleslaw, and a cucumber. Beyond the sausage they have a full bar and all that fun stuff. They open at 10:00 a.m. Here is their website.

3. Set up Nemos and her legendary tent

Nemo's in Corktown

If you are a traditionalist when it comes to opening day, and if you still miss Corktown, Nemo’s is the place for you. Polish Muslims will be playing in their huge outer tent, and this bar is a Detroit classic littered with memorabilia. They have buses to and from the game. They start at 11 a.m. at 1384 Michigan Avenue, and your Facebook event is here.

4. Get yourself and your friends a tailgate parking lot at Eastern Market

Eastern Market Tailgating

If you’ve got a crew looking for a proper hatchback, Eastern Market has a range of hatchback spaces for cars and trucks. You’ll want to access it quickly when you need to do something as the spots fill up quickly. It’s going to be between $ 40 and $ 80 but split among a group that is nothing and you’ll save cheddar by bringing the party. More here.

5th Town Pump Tavern opening day tent party

The Town Pump Tavern, just a few blocks from Comerica Park, starts at 6am and has a tented party. They announce that their beers and spirits will include Miller Lite, Griffin Claw Brewing Company (GCBC), Blue Moon Brewing Company, Titos, Bayou Rum, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Tequila Corazon and Fireball Whiskey. 100 West Montcalm in Detroit. Facebook event here.

6. Slows down Bar BQ + Founders opening day

slows down the grill

The legendary Michigan Brew Founders come to a Detroit icon, Slows Bar BQ in Corktown for a special opening day. On tap are: KBS, Nitro Breakfast Stout, Schlafzelle, Red’s Rye, PC Pils, All Day IPA and Centennial IPA. There will also be a special BBQ breakfast sandwich with house sausage, fried egg, cheddar cheese and SC mustard BBQ sauce. Starts at 10 a.m. on 2138 Michigan Avenue. Facebook event here.

7. Grand Trunk Pub + New Holland

If New Holland is down your alley, or if you fancy hanging out in a long-time Detroit home, Grand Trunk opens its doors at 9 612 Woodward.

8. Opening day in the belt on the jump

The 2016 Detroit Tigers Opening Day celebration in downtown Detroit. Visitors to The Skip, a bar in The Belt. April 8, 2016.

The Skip serves a fully stocked bar with fantastic frozen drinks. There will also be satellite bars throughout The Belt that have a limited drinks menu.

If you are hungry during the day, you can go to one of the food stalls in the belt and take some of the items on the special menu:

  • Bratwurst with avocado mayonnaise, shallot, coriander
  • Lamb hot dog with red cabbage coleslaw, Fresno yogurt
  • Israeli couscous with radishes, cucumber, feta and mint
  • potato salad

All ages are welcome at The Belt. However, it goes without saying that only people over the age of 21 can purchase alcoholic beverages at The Skip and the satellite bars. The Skip’s opening day celebrations begin at 10:00 AM and continue until 8:00 PM. The DJs Frankie Banks and Dante LeSalle will spin.

The skip is in the belt. The belt is located between Broadway and the Library and connects Gratiot and Grand River in Detroit.

9. Maine Lobster & Prime Rib at Mario

We didn’t see lobsters listed anywhere at any other event, so Mario’s in Midtown is the place to go if you want Maine lobster or prime rib pre-game from 11am. After the game, tickets for the later baseball season will be raffled and have live music. 4222 2nd Avenue. Facebook event here.

10. Keller Burger Bar

Good for an early start as it opens at 7am and has delicious burgers and two live DJs. 1326 brush. Website.

11. Rockfest opening day at PJ’s warehouse

Remember, this one starts after the game! The show itself begins after the game with The Stomp Rockets around 4:30 p.m. The seat belts are on at 5:30 p.m. Food, alcohol and music! 1254 Michigan Avenue – Facebook event here.


Be smart out there. If you enjoy any, some, or all of these great options and don’t think you can drive, fear not. Check out this deal.

Fans leaving Comerica Park can enter a promo code into the Lyft app before requesting a ride. Wallside Windows pays half the total cost of Lyft rides up to $ 30. More on the Wallside Windows website here.

Please also note that it is always important to respect your hosts. Here’s our guide to opening day do’s and don’ts.

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Dusty Kennedy