Detroit Tigers Opening Day FAQs

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If you're heading downtown Friday for Opening Day, you may be wondering what time to get up and start making your way down. Here are some things that could help make your decision.
 
All of our pregame coverage can be seen on FOX 2 or on our livestream at www.fox2detroit.com/live.
 
And, if you can't make it downtown for the game, or want to stay in your warm and comfortable living room before going downtown, FOX 2 is the place to be for all day coverage of Tigers Opening Day.
 
You can be a part of the festivities with us on-air and online. We'll be going live from all the hot spots all morning long starting at 4:30 a.m. For The Nine, we've got something extra special planned. FOX 2's Jason Carr will be live on TV and Facebook at the same time!
 
The Facebook show will be a unique, behind the scenes tour of Comerica Park. We're going on the field, in the dugouts, throughout the concourse, and other places you can't go. You can watch it all live and unscripted on our Facebook page. CLICK HERE TO LIKE OUR PAGE.
 
At 10 a.m., The Nine pitches to the sports department. They'll continue our live pregame coverage starting at 10 a.m. Dan Miller, Jennifer Hammond, and Ryan Ermanni will be live at Comerica and Cheli's as we preview opening day and what we should expect for the 2016 Detroit Tigers. 
 
All of our pregame coverage can be seen on FOX 2 or on our livestream at www.fox2detroit.com/live.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I GO DOWNTOWN? 

The first pitch of the game is at 1:10 p.m. and the gates at Comerica will open at 11 a.m.

If you're planning on heading to a bar or restaurant's Opening Day celebration, we recommend checking their website or calling them to see what time they'll be open. 

IS IT REALLY GOING TO BE THAT COLD? 

You've probably heard by now it's going to be cold. The high for the day will be in the low-mid 40s, which the FOX 2 Weather Authority Team says won't be until around 3 p.m. So, expect early-morning temperatures to be in the 20s -- but the wind chills in the teens is what will be making things not very pleasant. Dress warmly...

Around the first pitch (1:10 p.m.), you can expect the temperature to be in the high 30s. 

WHERE SHOULD I PARK? 

As expected, parking will be at a premium and most lost surrounding the ball park will fill early. Many spaces are also reserved for guests with season parking passes. Moreso, a number of lots north of the I-75 Service Drive and west of Woodward Avenue are no longer available due to the construction of the new Wings stadium. Please note there is no parking in the curb lanes of John R. and Brush Street.

The Detroit Tigers suggest utilizing shuttles from local bars, restaurants and casinos. If that's not an option for you, here's a parking map to help you find a lot:

WHAT'S GOING ON WITH WOODWARD AND THE RAIL CONSTRUCTION? 

Traffic will be a little different along Woodward Avenue if you haven't been downtown in awhile. The I-75 Service Drive is down to one lane north, one lane south and a turn lane from Adams to Grand Boulevard.

Additionally, the I-75 Service Drive, east of Woodward, will be closed to vehicle traffic from Woodward to John R. Look for the signage for the closed areas and proper detours.

Recently, the streetcar line was officially named the QLINE. When finished (by the end of this year), it will be a 6.6 mile loop on Woodward Avenue that runs from Congress Street downtown to West Grand Boulevard. Each car will travel up to 35 mph.

WHAT/WHERE SHOULD I EAT?   

You've probably got a game plan for tailgating or where you'll be eating out -- but know that officials at Comerica Park are adding a slew souvenirs and new snacks that may make you rethink your ball park food. In the food court you will find fried bologna sandwiches, pork rinds, a mac daddy dog and deep fried Oreos. Click here to see what other foods are new this year at the ball park.

If you aren't sure where to eat, check out recommendations in our Go Detroit! app.

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