After dinner and a few drinks, we called it an early night as we knew we needed to rest up to be ready for a 1:00 PM game the next day. To start off the pre-game fun on Thursday, we went back to Cheli's to get some food and beer. Cheli's has a very interesting - and in my opinion, a great - set-up - When you first arrive, the parking lot is fenced-in and set-up with plenty of table and chairs as well as a beer truck and BBQ food area. For food I figured I could not go wrong by ordering chili at Cheli's Chili Bar - I was not disappointed.
Once you enter the actual building itself, there are 3-stories - a bar and dining room seating on both the first and second floors with a private event space available to rent out on the third floor. Additionally, there is a rooftop bar that is open until the start of the game - the three of us headed up for a few drinks and watched the ballpark area as people began to arrive for the day's game.
Before entering the game, we walked around the entire stadium to check-out the different entrances to Comerica Park and found it interesting there wasn't a "main" entrance that seemed to serve as a grand entrance. Here are a few of the gates from around the ballpark:
We made our way through the gates and towards our section, when we encountered a unique ballpark usher experience - the usher took our tickets, walked us all the way to our actual seats and then wiped the seats down with a towel before we sat down. For this Tigers day game versus the Astros, we were able to get front row seats (actual chairs, now bleachers) in the RF Grandstands - felt like I was right up in the action, great view of the scoreboard, and a good crowd of local Detroit fans around us!
After taking a lap around the main concourse of Comerica Park, we discovered some unique features of this ballpark - there are fountains above center field which shoot water after a Tigers home run or victory; there are amusement rides - a ferris wheel of baseballs and a carousel of tigers; a large bar area featuring beers from around the world; and, on the upper deck level, an outdoor lounge area called the New Amsterdam 416 Bar (416-feet from home plate).
We returned back to our seats to watch an extended baseball game - the Tigers blew their lead in the 8th inning which resulted in extra innings. However, with a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, the home team claimed victory!
Following the game, we went to find a sports bar to catch the Gaints sweep of the Dodgers - we ended up a Coach's Corner (not recommended to anyone). We made one final stop at the Old Shillelagh to get a final, final before calling it a night. The next day is rental car pick-up and a (short) road trip to Cleveland, until then.....