There is a 1st time for everything-but this was a 1st for buying tickets from stubhub( for the Detroit Tiger visit) and watching the game for the most part on TV at the stadium. Detroit and midwest summer rain was one thing I have heard about, but not experienced until now. Early rain stopped before we got to Comerica Park, but our row A seats( with a cement curb) prevented the water from flowing down creating pools of water for us. Bouncing from office to office to change our seats failed to solve the problem forcing us to give up, go to the lounge, and watch the game on a small TV with no sound. More rain stopped the game for a 2 hour 40 minute delay. By that time we decided to return to the hotel in the rain and watch the game on a bigger TV in our room. Officially we were at the game, so the 81 game away streak survives for the record and history, although we did not score it.
The Giants did eventually win 8-2 and we try again today.
And now for the ladies view- We began with a stroll from the Hilton garden Inn to the Elwood bar and grill. We shared a patty melt and fries. The place has been around since the 30’s and for good reason – delicious food at a great price. We received a call from Donna from the Tigers. She welcomed Bert and I and left a well thought out gift bag for us at guest services.
We came back and organized and had a short nap and then off to the ball park. The stadium appeared to be above average with baseball memorabilia by the era in the corridor.
Then off I went to get the passport stamped. Staff was friendly and I purchased a Verlander doll for Rene who had given us exceptional tickets for Sundays game. Then Bert and I headed to meet Rick and Rene, Giants fans who supplied tickets for us for Sundays game. This was the best of times. And now for the worst of times- we arrived at our seats to find a pool of stagnant, smelly water. Bert complained to the usher, and he got someone from guest service, who got someone to look at the problem. His suggestion was to head to ticket service. I told him I didn’t think they could help since we purchased our tickets on stubhub. He assured us they would. We arrived there to be told they couldn’t help us but go down a level to guest services and they could help us. They gave us tickets that were higher up and in the blazing sun. Bert has had melanoma so this was not a good solution. Back to guest services I went and was told that we could watch on TV from the lounge. The TV’s were small, and had no sound but it was our only option. On a positive note we met some great Tigers fans These Tigers fans told us when they had an issue guest services made things right, and they were shocked to hear that the Tigers were not doing the same for us. I decided to see if we could upgrade our tickets for the next game and headed down two levels once again to guest services. I passed a very cool carousel with tigers. I was told at guest services that there was no way to upgrade our seats for tomorrows game. We were willing to pay, but since we ordered from stubhub(which is MLB’s official ticket seller) the Tigers would not help us out. We ended up not seeing a single play from our seats, and went back to the hotel one hour into the rain delay so we could see and hear the game. We ended up with an 8-2 victory, met some nice Tigers fans, met Rick and Rene who had given us Sundays tickets, and Peavy and the bats were all outstanding so all was not lost. It was a shame to end up with the bad experience regarding the seats, since it began with Donna as one of the best experiences of all the stadiums we visited.
Bert and Le Anne