Detroit comes alive on Opening Day, as thousands of enthusiastic fans descend upon Comerica Park to usher in the new baseball season. This year, the Detroit Tigers face off against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, April 6, at 1:10 p.m.

Start your day with Woodward Sports at the Music Hall Amphitheater, and get ready for the excitement by preparing for everything from parking to what’s new at Comerica Park.

Woodward Sports Presents: Grand Slam Opening Day Festival

Join Woodward Sports for Detroit’s BIGGEST Opening Day Party on Thursday, April 6th – the Grand Slam Opening Day Festival!

Event Details:

  • Location: Music Hall Amphitheater, 350 Madison Street, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Time: 9am – 6pm EDT


  • Sam “Stick” Day
  • Joey Radio
  • DJ Godfather
  • Andrus McDonald
  • Zman
  • Rick Pink

Live Pre-Game Broadcast: Tune in to Woodward Sports’ LIVE Pre-Game Broadcast featuring:

Festival Highlights:

  • Mega heated tent & outdoor party
  • Music by 20 of Detroit’s best DJs
  • Beer tents, food trucks, and full bar
  • Fun games and activities
  • Massive LED screens to catch all the action

Official Hashtags:

  • #GrandSlamFestival
  • #GSF23
  • #OpeningDayDetroit
  • #DetroitSocialEvents
  • #DSE

Pre-Game Details: Parking and Ticketing

With downtown Detroit bustling on Opening Day, fans are encouraged to reserve parking in advance using the ParkWhiz app. Prices range from $10 in Midtown to $50-$60 in Downtown Detroit. Various shuttles from local bars – such as Nemo’s, McShane’s in Corktown, Fishbone’s, The Old Shillelagh, and Bookie’s – and rideshare options are also available for those looking to avoid the parking hassle. The Tigers recommend using the MLB Ballpark App for digital ticket access and adding them to your phone’s wallet.

What’s New at Comerica Park?

The Detroit Tigers have announced exciting new additions to Comerica Park for the 2023 season. Here’s a summary of what to expect:

313 Value Games on Tuesdays

  • $19 lower level tickets
  • $3 water and fountain drinks
  • $1 chips
  • $3 hot dogs

Local Detroit Businesses at Comerica

  • Bert’s Marketplace
  • Breadless
  • Green Dot Stables
  • Taqueria El Rey
  • The Lobster Food Truck
  • Yum Village

New Food and Beverage Highlights

Green Dot Stables (Section 143)

  • Cheeseburger Slider
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Slider
  • Hot Brown Slider
  • Buffalo Chicken Slider
  • Regular Fry
  • Truffle and Herb Fry
  • Kale Salad

Taqueria El Ray (Section 149)

  • Tacos (steak, chorizo, or bean)
  • Sonoran Hot Dog
  • Charcoal Grilled Chicken

Fat Rooster (Section 151)

  • Chicken & Biscuits

Rotating Pop-Up Series (Section 116)

  • The Lobster Food Truck
    • Seafood Mac & Cheese
  • Breadless
    • Buckwild
    • Spicy Chick(pea)
  • Yum Village
  • Naan Jerk Chicken Tacos

New Craft Beer

Permitted and Prohibited Items

Make sure you’re aware of what you can and cannot bring into the stadium. Below is an unofficial list, but please review the complete lists of permitted and prohibited items directly from Comerica Park before heading to the game.

Permitted items
  • Baseball mitts/gloves
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • Seat cushions
  • Small radios
  • Point and shoot camera (Professional &/or commercial cameras with interchangeable or detachable lenses are not allowed)
  • Only medical bags and diaper bags. (All other bags, purses, backpacks are prohibited.)
  • Only plastic baby bottles if you have a child in your party
  • One factory sealed clear plastic bottle of unflavored water per guest
  • Only small collapsible umbrellas
Non-Permitted items
  • Aerosol cans
  • Animals (except approved service animals or service animals in training)
  • All bags, purses, backpacks, (except medical or diaper bags).
  • Noisemaking devices: air horns, fog horns, bullhorns, thunder sticks, cowbells, bells, horns, kazoos, whistles, vuvuzelas, didgeridoos and other noisemakers
  • Bottles and liquid containers (glass, plastic, and aluminum)
  • Fireworks or any types of explosives
  • Laser pointers, any device that could create an optical illusion, or any similar devices
  • Professional &/or commercial cameras with interchangeable or detachable lenses
  • Video and/or sound recording devices including laptops, tablets, iPads and/or Go Pros
  • Skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, hover boards or any personalized recreational vehicles
  • Weapons of any kind (including firearms, pocketknives, pepper spray, mace), toy or fake weapons (including squirt guns or super soakers)
  • Umbrellas with metal tips and large golf umbrellas

While the focus may be on the celebrations surrounding the game, let’s not forget the reason for the season: the thrill of the great American pastime, baseball. The Tigers and the Red Sox will battle it out on the diamond, with pitchers Chris Sale and Spencer Turnbull as the probably starting pitchers. Both teams enter the game with a 2-4 record and are looking to build some momentum early in April.


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By Published On: April 6th, 2023Categories: Detroit Tigers, MLB

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