Comerica Park

Richard Estapa
English composition 1011
                                  Comerica Park
In April of 2000, the city of Detroit, Michigan welcomed a modern and ground breaking baseball stadium. The stadium was to be the new home to America’s favorite past time and more specifically, the Detroit Tigers. Comerica Park is Detroit’s replacement stadium for its predecessor, Tiger Stadium. The building of the new ballpark was one more step in the revitalization of Detroit’s crumbling downtown urban area. The state- of -the -art athletic field’s purpose was to bring the experience, excitement, and enthusiasm back into Detroit’s baseball games as well as its downtown area as a whole.

The outdated Tiger Stadium was not in very good condition. It did not have a very photogenic outer shell. The grey paint was flaking off and now blackened from years of dirt. Signs of life outside the park were almost non-existent other than the occasional street vendor selling peanuts, hot dogs, and beer on the way into the park. In fact, the only real way to tell that there was in fact a ball park there at all were the massive dome lights that towered over the city, and the single Tigers logo over the entrance. Surrounded by empty parking lots over grown by weeds, and abandoned houses, the stadium was not in a very desirable part of town. Parking around the old ball park was also a problem, many times leaving baseball fans fighting over parking spots and walking from as many as fifteen streets away. The builders of Comerica Park had to alleviate all of these problems by choosing the perfect location.

Now situated right in the middle of all the action, Comerica Park was precisely built right in the center of Detroit’s future entertainment district. Bordering the streets of Woodward, Brush, Adams, and Witherell roads, the stadium now stands surrounded by many bars, such as Chris Chelios’s Hockey Town Bar and The Dugout, which is located adjacent to the huge...