Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (pictured above), in an interview with FOX 2 in Detroit on Tuesday, said that if you don't have tickets for Opening Day at Comerica Park, please don't come to downtown Detroit to party before/during/after the game.

The Detroit Tigers host the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park to start the 2021 season.  But only about 8,000 people will be allowed inside due to current COVID-19 attendance restrictions.

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Opening Day in Detroit is an unofficial state holiday in Michigan, as it signifies the start of spring in the Mitten state.  Tailgaiting and other partying around Comerica Park and the adjacent Ford Field have been a common occurrence since the park opened in 2000.  And even before that for many years at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers are looking to improve on a 23-35 pandemic-shortened season in 2021.  And they have a new manager in former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch (who they signed to a 3-year deal back in the fall).

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