How to Watch Batting Practice at Comerica Park [Detroit Tigers]


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Coming to the stadium early to catch batting practice gives fans an opportunity to see players up close and personal. Some players may use this time to sign autographs and take photos with fans. But what about Detroit Tigers games at Comerica Park? Can you watch batting practice at Comerica Park?

Yes, you can watch batting practice at Comerica Park, although it’s worth noting that batting practice begins prior to the stadium gates opening, so fans will only be able to see part of batting practice. The official time that Detroit Tigers batting practice is held can change, but in general, you can expect batting practice to begin roughly two and a half hours before game time. Typically, batting practice lasts 45-50 minutes per team.

The Detroit Tigers will take batting practice first, since they are the home team. After that, the visiting team will take their batting practice. The length of batting practice can fluctuate day-to-day, but most teams stick to normal routines as much as possible.

Comerica Park gates usually open 90 minutes prior to game time (gate times are subject to change). Because of this, it is important to understand that batting practice will already be underway by the time stadium gates open.

In most cases, the Tigers will already be done with their portion of batting practice by the time gates open. This means that the road team will likely be on the field taking their portion of batting practice.

Although batting practice is usually held, it is worth noting that there can be occasional exceptions due to weather or other circumstances. Batting practice time is at the manager’s discretion, but as I mentioned earlier, most teams stick to normal routines as much as possible.

Detroit Tigers Batting Practice Time

Can You Watch Batting Practice at Comerica Park?

Yes, you can watch batting practice at Comerica Park. As we discussed above, the official time that Detroit Tigers batting practice is held can change, but in general, you can expect batting practice to begin roughly 2.5 hours before game time.

The Detroit Tigers will take batting practice first, since they are the home team. After that, the visiting team will take their batting practice. The length of batting practice can fluctuate day-to-day, but batting practice usually lasts 45-50 minutes per team.

As we discussed earlier, Comerica Park gates usually open approximately 90 minutes prior to game time (source). This means the Tigers will likely already be finished with their portion of batting practice by the time gates open. The road team will take their portion of batting practice after the home team.

The main takeaway is that even though, yes, fans are allowed to enter the stadium early to watch batting practice at Comerica Park, because the gates only open 90 minutes prior to game time, in most cases, it will be the road team on the field when fans enter the stadium.

What Time do Gates Open for Batting Practice?

As we discussed above, Comerica Park stadium gates open approximately 90 minutes prior to game time. It is worth noting that gate times are always subject to change, but most teams stick to normal gate times as much as possible.

For more information on stadium gates, visit our Comerica Park Gate & Parking Guide.

Do You Need a Ticket for Batting Practice?

You will, of course, need a game ticket to be able to enter Comerica Park and watch batting practice, but you don’t need an additional ticket to be able to watch batting practice.

If you need tickets for an upcoming Detroit Tigers game, you can read more by visiting our article that discusses buying tickets at Comerica Park.


Other Things to do Besides Watching Batting Practice at Comerica Park

You are visiting Comerica Park to take in a Tigers game, but there are other attractions that you may find interesting that are close to the park.

  • Comerica Bank Carousel: the Comerica carousel can be found behind the first base area, which is near the food court area. The carousel is an antique carousel that is wheelchair accessible and can hold thirty guests at one time. The carousel is primarily for children; however, if a child is too small to ride alone, a parent is welcome to ride with them.
  • Fly Ball Ferris Wheel: The Fly Ball Ferris wheel is a unique Ferris wheel that is fifty feet tall and located on the third-base side of the park. The Ferris wheel is hard to miss because the cars are giant baseballs. Each car can fit five people and is also wheelchair accessible.
  • Detroit Institute of The Arts: two miles north of the stadium on Woodward Ave, you can find the Detroit Institute of the art museum. This is a family-friendly venue that is worth visiting if you are near the Comerica Park area. You will need to register ahead of your visit, however, because of current visitor regulations.
  • The D Shop: You can also visit the Detroit Tigers team store if you are interested in buying a Detroit Tigers Jersey or other type of fan apparel prior to the start of the game. The team store is located near the home plate entrance.

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