IN THE D: Opening Day Parties & Events

By: Scott Davis | March 31, 2015

Opening Day is essentially looked at as a holiday for those of us who bleed blue and orange. And it will be no mystery why people are missing from work or school on Monday, April 6—surely they all needed a sick day and are not playing hooky or anything of that nature! As many of us already know, our beloved Tigers are set to take on the Twins at 1:08 p.m. that day.

With “April in the D” just one day away, the city of Detroit is buzzing with spring fever, regular season baseball and soon to be playoff hockey. It’s always a great time of the year to be in Detroit! There are many things going on and a lot of people will be downtown on Monday, so heading there with a game plan in mind would be ideal. Here are some suggestions of bars to go to, parties to attend, tailgating spots and more.

Party like a rock star

Opening Day brings one of the most vibrant atmospheres of the year to the Motor City. There will be a celebration everywhere you look.

97.1 The Ticket Opening Day Block Party in Grand Circus Park is becoming quite the staple. The annual party starts at 10 a.m. and admission is free. Many local radio personalities will be there. Live music, games, food and more are available. The game will be screened on a big-screen television as well.

The Detroit Party Bus has 20 buses lined up for Opening Day. It will pick patrons up from either Blackfinn in Royal Oak or Tilted Kilt in Novi and take them to and from the game. Beer and cocktails are allowed on the bus and a ticket also gets you VIP access into the WRIF Opening Day Bash at the Fillmore. Tickets range in price from $39 to $45.

Opening Day Bash at The Fillmore Detroit with WRIF, 2115 Woodward, goes from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Dave and Chuck “The Freak” broadcast live. Guests of the Fillmore can enjoy free donuts and coffee, live music, games and other forms of entertainment. The game will also be shown on a giant high-definition television.

Home Opener Festival, 440 Madison St., at the Madison Ave. Festival Grounds, will celebrate Opening Day with food, music, sports and more. Live music includes disc jockeys, percussionists and bands! There are also heated tents and high-definition televisions. General admission tickets cost $15, VIP Tickets cost $25 and party bus tickets cost $39.99.

BIG Opening Day Party at the Town Pump Tavern, 100 W. Montcalm St., has everything you need. A large heated tent, big-screen TVs, a full bar, DJs and great eats! The party starts at 7 a.m. and goes all the way until 11 p.m.

Other bars/restaurants near Comerica Park

Coaches Corner, 1465 Centre St.

Elwood Bar and Grill, 300 Adams Ave.

Hockeytown Cafe, 2301 Woodward Ave.

Cheli’s Chili Bar, 47 E. Adams

Park Bar, 2040 Park Ave.

Other Tailgating Options

Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St., is always a go-to option when tailgating for Detroit sporting or entertainment events. We’ve mentioned it often as a tailgating hot spot, so without going into too much detail, Eastern Market accommodates 750 spaces. It is just about a ten minute (give or take a few minutes) walk to Comerica Park.

Also, be weary of road closures and construction. Expect high levels of traffic. Check sources such as mdot.com, detroitmi.gov or clickondetroit.com closer to Monday so you can plan around detours and road closures. Consider this a fair warning with all of the construction taking place downtown.

There you have it, folks. It’s nearly Opening Day in the D! Be safe, and as always, go Tigers!