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Family Fun, Live Music and More Will Be Plentiful for the 2019 Detroit Tigers Opening Day

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From early morning ‘til night time, Opening Day in The District Detroit will be overflowing with nearly a dozen events centered on baseball, games, drinks, food and live music for all ages.

The Tigers on Thursday, April 4 will take on the Kansas City Royals as part of a three-game series that resumes on Saturday and ends on Sunday. The 2019 season marks the MLB team’s 119th season and 20th season at Comerica Park.

The nation’s best-selling whiskey brand once again will help The District Detroit launch the baseball season during the second annual Jack Daniel Season Opening Party at Little Caesars Arena. The celebration, anchored at the venue’s Comerica entrance, will feature a live DJ, Jack Daniel's signature drink specials, games and special appearances from Red Wings and Tigers alumni.

Here’s a closer look at what’s planned Thursday:

Home Season Opener Game: Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park

The Tigers first home game of the season—the inspiration behind downtown busiest day of the year—goes down at 1:10 p.m. Buy tickets here.

Pregame Fan Experience & Home Run Happy Hour at Comerica Park

The Tigers this year will allow fans the chance to enter the ballpark at 10 a.m., an hour earlier than usual. The special pre-game experience will allow attendees to enjoy concession discounts, live music on the concourse and the new Home Run Happy Hour. The happy hour special will run on the Pepsi Porch until noon and will feature $3 Pepsi and Aquafina products, $5 nacho, hotdog and burger baskets, $5 MillerCoors products, specialty cocktails and more.

2nd Annual Jack Daniels Season Opening Party at Little Caesars Arena

From 8 a.m. until the end of the Tigers game, the Comerica entrance will be activated for a free tent party for the entire family. Planned activities include fowling, a photo/GIF booth, autographs with Tigers and Red Wings alumni, Chevy cars, mascots, virtual reality games and giveaway opportunities. The Hockeytown Experience and Pistons activity hubs will also set up shop with inflatables, a mobile basketball court, bubble hockey, Giant Jenga and Chess and an energy squad game. Mike’s Pizza Bar, Sports & Social Detroit, the District Market and Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit will also be open with food and beverage specials throughout the day, including a southern-influenced brunch menu. New, limited edition Kid Rock Detroit baseball jerseys will also be available for purchase, along with limited release Founder's KBS 2018 & 2019 on tap, Founder’s CBS and special Goose Island 2016. Detroit's newest classic rock station, 106.7 WLLZ, will set up shop on Kid Rock’s patio. To ensure the safety of all guests, staff will be in place to check IDs and provide wristbands for fans who are at least 21 years of age.

Tigers Home Opener Bash at Tin Roof Detroit

Tin Roof Detroit, the forthcoming Nashville-born restaurant chain that replaced the former Cheli’s Chili Bar, remains under construction inside but the joint will activate its patio for the Tigers home opener. Starting at 9 a.m., the space will open to the public and roll out live music until night time. Watch the ball game giant LED TV or check out Fool House - The Ultimate 90's Dance Party and two live sets by country musician Michael Rotundo.

Roof Pre-Party at Hockeytown Café

Hockeytown Café will offer sports fans a unique experience by hosting a pre-game party on the restaurant’s rooftop and patio, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Known for its smoked meats and sports bar favorites, like wings and nachos, the eatery will offer new options including a liquid smoke Bloody Mary. Check out the details here.

Killer Flamingos at The Elwood Bar & Grill

Killer Flamingos, Dearborn’s own American pop band, will help set the mood for Opening Day during two sets at Elwood Bar & Grill, the classic American restaurant neighboring Detroit’s premier ball park. The eatery will open at 8 a.m. and WCSX Radio will be on the scene. Learn more here.

Tigers Opening Day at Beacon Park

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the downtown’s newest public park created by DTE Energy will feature food trucks by Little Brothers Burgers & The Rolling Stoves, lawn games and a cash bar powered by Lumen Detroit restaurant—all under a heated tent! Admission and activities are free and open to all.

Opening Day Celebration at Town Pump Tavern

Tucked away on Park Avenue, Town Pump Tavern will host its own Opening Day celebration featuring a heated tent and drinks. DJ Zig Zag will spin tunes. Buy tickets here.

Opening Day Block Party at The Annex

Heated tents, full bars, food, TVs, DJs and bands will be plentiful during the Detroit Home Opener Festival and Block Party hosted in part by The Annex nightclub and Brass Rail Pizza along Adams Avenue. Check out the event details here and here.

Alcohol & Food at Grand Circus Diner

Grand Circus Diner, a new restaurant named and designed after the neighboring, historic park; is opening for a soft launch in time for Opening Day. The circus-themed eatery replaces the Broderick Grille and will open for specials hours, 7 a.m. to midnight. Stop by for breakfast or a for a bite after the game. Menu options will include alcoholic beverages and could features highlights from its forthcoming full-menu, such as pastrami sandwiches, Cincinnati chili spaghetti and plant-based fare.

Not interested in sports? Check out these Opening Day alternatives:

Muse and Walk The Moon at Little Caesars Arena

Muse, the Grammy Award-winning English rock band from Teignmouth, Devon; will hit the stage as part of their “Simulation Theory World Tour.” The concert will feature an exciting, new Enhanced Experience Package that allows access to an exclusive Mixed Reality Pre-Show Party, powered by Microsoft, with three original virtual reality games, inspired by tracks from Muse’s eighth studio album, Simulation Theory. Cincinnati-born rock band Walk The Moon will open the show. Purchase tickets for the 7 p.m. show here.

PJ Masks Live! at the Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre will be all about the kids on Opening Day evening. Bring the young ones to see the hit live musical production, “PJ Masks Live: Save The Day!” The show, based on eOne’s top-rated animated series that airs daily on Disney Junior, features preschoolers’ favorite songs and superheroes, along with brand new music. Buy tickets to the 6 p.m. show here.

Tigers Opening Day with Chris Canas Band at Cliff Bell's

Chris Canas, considered by many as Detroit’s “Prince of The Blues,” will hit the stage at The District Detroit’s only historic jazz venue after the Tigers game ends. Purchase tickets here.

Plan on parking? Download The District Detroit app to secure parking in advance at any of the parking lots operated by Olympia Development of Michigan in The District Detroit? And check out a special discounted parking rate for easy access to all the action here.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit represents $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus.