It’s just about here! The day we all have all been waiting for since last October’s disappointing loss in the postseason. Opening Day! The Detroit Tigers have made some changes. New manager, Brad Ausmus, takes the reins along with a few new players and a few departures from last year’s squad.
Optimism is high for our beloved Tigers…and it should be! I fully intend on witnessing a fourth-straight American League Central Division Championship and a deep postseason run. Personally, I am ecstatic about this season. I will be at a game during the opening series against the Kansas City Royals, but sadly not Opening Day. I envy those of you that scored tickets.
There are plenty of hot spots for those looking to tailgate before heading to the game, and those of us (less fortunate folks) who are not attending the game. Downtown is going to be lively and full of excitement. Are you ready to party?
97.1 The Ticket Opening Day Block Party in Grand Circus Park is quite the extravaganza. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and admission is free to this huge party. Expect an ample amount of entertainment and games; including alternative/pop band Brena headlining the music stage. The game will be shown on a big screen and food and beer is plentiful. You’re not going to want to miss this.
The Ellwood located at the corner of Adams Avenue and Brush Street is just a stone’s throw away from Comerica Park. It’s about as close as you can get without actually entering the stadium. I mean you may be able to hear the ball cracking off of the bat. The Ellwood will be partying in its parking garage with a live band, big screen TVs showing the game and beer tubs everywhere! Cans of beer will be $4 and doors open at 8 a.m. Prepare for a possible $5 cover charge.
The Fillmore Detroit is partying hard with The WRIF Opening Day Bash. Dave and Chuck “The Freak” will be broadcasting live from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. and doors open up at 7:30 a.m. There will be live music from Pistol Day Parade and the bars in the Fillmore will be open for business. Watch the game on the big screen with a beer in hand and cheer the Tigers on! The best part is that there is no cover charge and all ages are welcome.
Cliff Bell’s located at 2030 Park Ave., opens its doors at 9 a.m. and will be showing the game on a 10-by-10-foot movie screen! Live music from New York-based soul band The Rad Trads starts at 4 p.m. Check out the Opening Day menu. There is also a sliding cover charge, so be on the lookout for that.
Detroit Beer Co., 1529 Broadway, is within walking distance of Comerica Park. If you want to truly celebrate Detroit, drink a beer brewed right in the city. Detroit Beer Co., will have a tent outside to accommodate more people and will also shrink down the menu slightly in order to get food out faster. Expect it to be busy!
Nemo’s located at 1384 Michigan Ave. right next to the old Tiger Stadium is an Opening Day tradition. Seriously, if you’ve never been here before a game now is the time! A tent will be up outside and there will be a live band starting at 5 p.m. Nemo’s provides a shuttle to the game and back, so you won’t have to worry about driving and parking if you are attending the game.
If none of this interests you (which I would have a hard time believing) there will be plenty of other things to do in Detroit for Opening Day 2014. As always, drink responsibly and go Tigers!