Parking Deals for Comerica Park
Review of Parking Deals for Comerica Park Rating: 4
by Malcolm MacMillan
- Official parking gets cheaper as you move away from park
- Park for free at Greektown Casino Hotel, get parking pass validated
Any time you visit a ballpark in an urban area, you’re faced with a ton of parking choices. Detroit is no different, and like many other cities, you’ll progressively pay more to park as you get closer to Comerica Park. One smart option is to stay at any of the hotels downtown that are within walking distance of the ballpark. Leave your car at the hotel and take a short walk or taxi ride over to the game and you’ll have a few extra bucks in your pocket at the end of the day. Taxis are supposed to drop passengers off and pick them up at Gate B in the vicinity of the corner of Witherell and East Adams streets.
The Tigers offer a wide range of official parking options for fans, ranging from $5 to $25. The latter might be expensive, but it puts you directly adjacent to Comerica Park. The swankiest (if you can use that term to describe any type of parking) is the Tiger Garage, located on the northeast corner of the ballpark. Parking here costs $25, but the perk is that after you leave your vehicle, you can get to the park by crossing a pedestrian bridge that runs straight from the garage to the ballpark. The other $25 lots surround Comerica Park, but if you don’t mind walking a block, you can easily park for $20. Walk another block or two away from the park and you’ll find $10 and $15 parking.
For the cheapest spot to park, consider the $5 lot at the corner of Grand River Avenue and West Elizabeth Street. This lot is five blocks from the park, but if you don’t mind the walk, you can probably put the money you save you good use at the game. As you get farther away from the ballpark, you’ll even see free parking. Don’t be tempted to use the free, unsupervised lots – there are tons of stories online about people having their cars broken into.
If you don’t mind a few minutes of extra effort, park for free at the Greektown Casino Hotel. The casino/hotel has a multi-level parking structure that doesn’t cost a penny – all you’ll need to do is make a quick stop inside the casino to have your parking pass validated.
Depending on where you’re staying in the city, taking a ride to the ballpark on the Detroit People Mover can be a smart option. If you take the People Mover, get off at Grand Circus Park Station, which is just a couple minutes from the park.
If you decide to stay downtown, D-Town has a number of hotels a short walk from Comerica Park. The Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown (351 Gratiot Ave.), Greektown Casino Hotel (1200 Saint Antoine St.), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Detroit Downtown (1020 Washington Blvd.) and the MGM Grand Detroit (1777 3rd St.) are each less than a mile from the ballpark.
When I visited Detroit in 2011, I stayed at the Greektown Casino Hotel, which is about three-quarters of a mile from the ballpark. I could see the park out my room’s window and the walk took less than 10 minutes. If safety is a concern, consider taking a cab; my walk to the park before the game was perfectly safe but I don’t recommend making the walk alone after the game. Greektown itself is a fun area to wander and features a bunch of neat bars, eateries and shops, too.