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Three Parking Options at Comerica Park

There are ways to find cheap and convenient parking at Comerica Park in Detroit, but it helps to know what you’re doing ahead of time.

Like many post-Camden Yards ballparks, Comerica was placed in the heart of a city, but unlike most major league cities, Detroit doesn’t have much in the way of viable transportation to get to the ballpark. This creates a unique situation, in that there’s a wide swath of city blocks with off street lots and garages that charge for parking on game day.

It’s a good idea to decide where you’re going to park beforehand, so here are three good suggestions from my own experience. They sometimes involve arriving early, so have a plan for something to do.

Parking Tip #1: The Greektown Casino Garage

The Greektown area in Detroit is full of restaurants and bars, and the Casino garage is not only in the middle of it, but it’s also very easily accessed from I-375 and a quick and easy out.

You used to be able to validate your ticket in the casino and park for free on game days, but that isn’t quite so easy now. The official policy, so I was told, is that you need to accumulate a certain number of points on your card and that will make your parking free.

But if you’re not into giving a casino money (they don’t build those beautiful chandeliers with your winnings), you might be able to show up well before the game starts and escape without a fee, especially if it’s a weekday or other low demand game. I managed this in my last visit.

If it doesn’t work, at worst you pay a small fee--$10 as of this writing--and you can park your car all day in a covered, attended garage that’s a short walk or People Mover ride to the ballpark. And you can get a great meal nearby before or after the game. I’ve been told not to hang out in Greektown too late though.

Parking Tip #2: The Fox Theatre Garage

In 2002, I was on a baseball trip with a companion, and I parked my Mustang in the Fox Theatre garage in the morning, for a night game, so that we could get on the People Mover and see downtown Detroit attractions for the day.

This was well before I had offspring, so I wasn’t overly concerned about the parking cost. The Fox Theatre is practically across the street from the ballpark, on a game day I figured it would be $20-25. But as we pulled out of the garage after the game, the bill turned out to be just a mere $2.

Two bucks to park across the street from a major league ballpark. Even in 2002 that was unheard of!

I don’t know if you could pull off that particular stunt today, but Parkopedia (bookmark that site) lists the Fox garage daily rate as still $2, with the "event" rate being $20. What you pay may still depend on when you arrive.

And again, if it doesn’t work, you’ve parked your car in a covered, attended garage that is very close to the ballpark for a fee that isn’t too bad.

Parking Tip #3: The "Other" Ford Field Lot

Ford Field, the home of the Lions, is right next door to Comerica can see the name of the place on the building from most of the seats.

Ford has a high end lot where tailgating is allowed, on Montcalm Street adjacent to I-75, but this lot costs about as much as the Tigers lots near the ballpark...and they're not cheap.

But there is a much cheaper lot on the other side of the football stadium from the ballpark, and it's nicely convenient to the I-75/I-375 interchange for an easier out than most lots.

The best part about this spot is that on most days you can actually walk through the impressive dome to the ballpark, see the football field and even grab a bite to eat at the food stands that are inside. Great on a less than perfect day and you can put some grub in your doggie bag for the game.

Unfortunately you can't walk through the football stadium on the way back...probably because you won't be hungry then.

Those are three options that have worked well for me in the past; but there’s lots of other ways to get to Comerica Park, like using a restaurant make sure you get yourself one of these before you go!

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