The Detroit Tigers have begun the 2023 season. The Tigers Home Opener is Thursday, April 6th, as they host the Boston Red Sox, at Comerica Park, at 1:10 pm. The 2023 MLB Season has introduced some changes to the rules, as well as Comerica Park changing parts of the stadium.
The 2023 season also marks Miguel Cabrera’s final season with the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers have dedicated a special 4-game celebration ticket pack for fans (see information below) to purchase to come out and watch Miguel Cabrera in action before he retires.
To purchase tickets for the Miggy 4 game celebration pack, please visit: https://www.mlb.com/tigers/tickets/packs/miggy
With the Detroit Tigers Home Opener, this Thursday, April 6th, wanted to let you know what’s new at Comerica Park and some new MLB rules.
NEW FOOD AND BEVERAGE ITEMS
The Tigers, in partnership with Delaware North Sportservice, are thrilled to announce additions to the Comerica Park food and beverage menu at various concessions locations for the 2023 season, including a variety of unique twists on ballpark and local favorites.
Green Dot Stables: Meijer Market (Section 143)
- Cheeseburger Slider – All-beef patty topped with American cheese, Topor’s Pickles (local) and grilled onions
- Bacon Cheeseburger Slider – All-beef patty topped with American cheese, bacon, Topor’s Pickles (local) and grilled onions
- Hot Brown Slider – Grilled chicken breast topped with bacon and Mornay sauce
- Buffalo Chicken Slider – Grilled chicken breast topped with Buffalo hot sauce, blue cheese spread and celery shavings
- Regular Fry – Shoestring French fries finished with kosher salt
- Truffle and Herb Fry – Shoestring French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy
- Kale Salad – Kale, tricolored quinoa, shallots, and lemon vinaigrette dressing
Taqueria El Ray: Miller Lite Market (Section 149)
- Tacos – Corn tortilla filled with choice of steak, chorizo or bean and topped with onions, cilantro with jalapeno salsa
- Sonoran Hot Dog – Bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with beans, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and jalapeno salsa
- Charcoal Grilled Chicken – Charcoal-grilled half-chicken with adobo rub and red salsa on the side
Comerica Big Cat Court
- National Coney Island (local)
– Grilled Chicken Hani – Pita filled with grilled chicken breast, Swiss and American cheeses, lettuce, tomato, and mayo
– Coney Dog – Snap Dog topped with Coney Chili, mustard, and onions
- Shawarma Fry
– French fries topped with marinated chicken, garlic sauce, romaine lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and hummus
- Little Caesars Pizza
– Super Slices available in pepperoni or cheese
- Detroit 75 Kitchen
– Cheesesteak Eggrolls and Shawarma Eggrolls
- Bert’s Marketplace: Section 133
– Spicy Red Hot: Spicy sausage topped with onions and served on a fresh bun
– Barbecue Nachos: Tortilla chips topped with nacho cheese, barbecue sauce, chives, sour cream, and choice of protein (chicken or pulled pork)
– Ribs: half-slab of Bert’s Famous Ribs served with coleslaw and mac-and-cheese
Fat Rooster: Blue Moon Bistro (Section 151)
- Chicken & Biscuits – Two pieces of fried chicken with house-made Fat Rooster marinade. Served with two biscuits dipped in honey butter
Rotating Pop-Up Series: Section 116
- The Lobster Food Truck
– Seafood Mac & Cheese: Macaroni and cheese complete with both crab and shrimp
– Buckwild – Roasted chicken, pork bacon, truffle buttermilk ranch, Buffalo hot sauce, white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet pickles, and arugula wrapped in Swiss chard
– Spicy Chick(pea) – Warm, smashed falafel, spicy vegan aioli, pickled turnips, Arabic pickles, tomatoes, and onions wrapped in turnip green and collard green
- Yum Village
– Naan Jerk Chicken Tacos – Jerk chicken (marinated in Lemon Pepper Jerk and finished on a wood-smoke grill) topped with pickled cabbage and served on fresh naan bread
COMERICA LANDING: THE ULTIMATE SOCIAL SPACE
Open to all fans, the social space in the right field balcony has been rebranded as the “Comerica Landing.” The Miller Lite Home Run Happy Hour – available the first hour after gates open for home games – will feature $5 food and beverage items and $9 value meals in the Comerica Landing. The Miller Lite Home Run Happy Hour will begin 90 minutes before first pitch for Friday home games as part of “Party in the Park” Fridays.
ATWATER BREWERY AND TIGERS TEAM UP FOR “D LIGHT” COLLABORATION
Atwater Brewery and the Tigers have introduced a new, refreshing craft beer available at Comerica Park this season. “D Light” is a light-bodied and refreshing craft beer, with only 95 calories, 2.6 carbohydrates per 12 ounces, and 4.1 percent ABV. D Light is best paired with a hot dog in hand. Atwater hosted a release party at its Detroit Tap House on Thursday evening.
NEW WEEKNIGHT HOME GAME TIMES
In response to feedback from stakeholders, including fans, TV rightsholders and baseball operations, start times for weeknight home games this season have changed from 7:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to visit the Tigers.com/Schedule for a full list of up-to-date game times. Several marquee opponents will visit Comerica Park in 2023, including the Red Sox for Opening Weekend, and later visits from the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and more.
ENHANCED LED LIGHTS & NEW OUTFIELD DIMENSIONS
After garnering feedback from fans, players and front office stakeholders, the Tigers have announced adjustments to the outfield dimensions and upgrades to state-of-the-art LED lighting at Comerica Park.
The Tigers adjusted the outfield dimensions and lowered wall heights in key areas. The centerfield wall was moved in from 422 to 412 feet and lowered from 8.5 to 7 feet. The massive wall in right-centerfield was lowered from 13 to 7 feet. The rightfield wall was also lowered from 8.5 to 7 feet. The foundation of the entire outfield wall was reconstructed with material and padding to enhance player safety.
In addition, the Tigers installed 472 state-of-the-art LED lights at the ballpark, providing brighter surroundings with less glare and energy usage while allowing for dynamic light shows.
NEW LEAGUE-WIDE RULES
- Pitch timer – with no runners on base, pitchers have 15 seconds to begin their motion – while they have 20 seconds with at least one runner on. The batter must be in the box and alert to the pitcher with at least eight seconds on the timer remaining. Violations result in an automatic ball or strike being assessed, depending on the offender. Additionally, pitchers can only disengage from the mound (for example, pickoff-move) two times per plate appearance – if they do so a third time they must record an out, or a balk is assessed.
- Shift restrictions – in an effort to increase offense and showcase the athleticism of our sport’s greatest players, there are now restrictions on shifting. Two infielders must be on either side of second base – while all four must have their feet inside the border of the outfield grass.
- Larger bases – with the goal of increasing action on the basepaths and reducing injury risk of players, bases have been enlarged from 15 inches to 18 inches square. As a result of these bases being used in the Minor Leagues last year, base-related injuries decreased 13.5 percent last year.