Clem's Baseball home

Fans' impressions of
Tiger Stadium

Want to join in on the fun? All you need to do is register for this Web site and give some thought to sponsoring one of the stadium pages or making a smaller donation. To go to the stadium page in question, just click on the thumbnail image in the top right corner. NOTE: Responsibility for the text submitted by users is theirs alone. Please contact the Webmaster to alert him of any inappropriate material so that it may be deleted.

Andrew Clem, Staunton, VA -- Aug 31, 2006 13:39 PM
1 visit(s). My rating: 6
I stopped at Tiger Stadium in August 2004, just before attending a Tigers-Rangers game at Comerica Park across town. Aside from a few rust stains, peeling paint, and boarded-up doorways, Tiger Stadium appears to be in fairly good shape from the outside. Since tours aren't offered to the public, however, it's hard to say what it's like inside. The neighborhood is wide open, with lots of vacant lots once used for parking, and few tall buildings. There is an odd assortment of businesses, including a tire store, a Subway eatery, and several sports bars. It's so sad to see the weed-overgrown parking lots and the now-useless pedestrian bridge that crosses the Interstate highway, imagining what it would have been like just a few years ago to see thousands of eager fans streaming toward their ballpark.

James Sutton, St. Louis, MO -- Oct 10, 2006 11:19 AM
1 visit(s). My rating: 8
It's sad to see that Detroit has so far been unable to get closure. I went to a game here in 1993. My family and I had first row seats in the upper deck. I was impressed how close to the field we were. When in the first row in the upper deck, you are almost even with the front row of the field level seats. Being in the ballpark you can see the timeline of Tiger Stadium and its changes, alterations and expansions over the century. It was unique walking to the upper deck seats on a catwalk over the field level seats. There is so much history here and it is sad to see the city let it sit there and rot. I understand that the stadium doesn't have many uses, so don't let it sit in limbo. It deserves better. I felt the same way in St. Louis with the St. Louis Arena where the Blues hockey team used to play. It was a great place and had a special place in our hearts. So, it was so hard to see it sit there from 1994 to 1999 and become a pitiful shell of its former self before it was finally torn down. It seems Detroit has allowed this to happen to one of baseballs best tresures.

Joseph Coleman, Lawrenceburg, TN -- Apr 26, 2007 21:42 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 9
I loved Tiger Stadium, and watched the old A's with Vida Blue pitching on one of my first visits as a kid. Even in the upper deck you were close to the action and except in the upper center field bleachers, protected from rain.

Al Poland, Springfield, MO -- Jul 19, 2007 20:04 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 9
Tiger Stadium was the place to be in the summer months. It just doesn't seem right that the old place is not where the Tiger's play. I remember so many games sitting in the upper deck of the center field bleachers watching Al Kaline make such great plays. I was always excited to watch a runner tag up at third and I just knew AL Kaline would throw him out at the plate. What a place, it's very special in my heart.

James Fletcher, Umatilla, FL -- Jul 12, 2008 10:27 AM
1 visit(s). My rating: 9
Being a true Tiger fan raised for the most part in FL, Tiger Stadium was one of the best experiences I've ever had. My first visit was in 82. Just seeing the structure excited me so as a 12 yo. We dont have traditional staiums like that in Fl, so going to Tiger Stadium was a treat. Only 38 yo now, I'm a nostalgia buff when it comes to sports. I can only hope Tiger Stadium is saved in some way (saw positive news about that today). Even if only the field, Detroit needs this history to remain.

Allen Borton, Ann Arbor, MI -- Jun 03, 2009 17:36 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 9
Born in 1957, I went to Tiger Stadium many, many times, first in the mid-sixties as a Little Leaguer. My strongest memories of it are: (1) BAT DAYS in the sixties (the team would hand out real wooden bats to all youth), when recipients would pound their bats on the concrete floors to spur on excitement - one year when we were there for this, sitting in the center field bleachers, it was sunny and nearly a hundred degrees; and (2) the game of the 1984 World Series when Alan Trammell hit two home runs. I was living in Minnesota at the time, but my wife flew me to Michigan as a surprise gift, and my brother and I sat in magnificent lower deck seats right behind home plate.

Zach LaFleur, Fowlerville, MI -- Apr 25, 2014 19:39 PM
10 visit(s). My rating: 9
Now this is everything that a classic American ballpark should be and a lot more! Here, when fully expanded in 1938, you had 55500 seats (and standing room for up to 58000) in such an intimate configuration that it didn't seem possible that it enclosed a field of four and a quarter acres of some of the greenest grass in town! Just don't get box or reserved seats in the upper deck next to the upper deck bleachers on a hot summer day!I had sat in these (Sec. 402) left center field next to the chain link fence and smelled nothing but unbathed stinky bleacher patrons from there! It was probably the same in the lower deck in deep left center or shallow right center for the general admission fans next to the lower bleachers as well! They actually had a Hammond Concorde Organ in the third deck on line with the left field line behind home plate as well! Oh, and for a couple of years back in 1993 and 1994 David Berriman brought in his Yamaha DX-7 & TG-77 rig after they had gotten rid of the Hammond, and it sounded quite the same in this rectangle bowl of a stadium, which had the best acoustics for an outdoor venue that I have ever been in!

Zach LaFleur, Fowlerville, MI -- Dec 16, 2018 11:45 AM
1 visit(s). My rating: 9
Thank you very much for updating this page, Mr. Andrew Clem! I have been waiting for the last six years for an update on my all time favorite ballpark!

Shane Schirmer, Medina, OH -- Oct 09, 2019 16:28 PM
6 visit(s). My rating: 9
Upper deck, behind home plate in old Tiger Stadium. Best seats in baseball, period! This was a fantastic old yard, and I have to say, I had a lot of fun there. The overhang in Rightfield was so unique, and the neighborhood around the park was fantastic too. Let's face it, they just don't build 'em like this anymore!

Copyright © Andrew G. Clem. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your agreement to the Terms of Use.