Get Your Tickets Now for the Defending Division Champions Showdown

DETROIT – The first place Tigers return home from their first road trip of the season to begin a seven-game homestand at Comerica Park. The defending American League Champion Texas Rangers (April 19-22) and the Seattle Mariners (April 24-26) will both make their only trips to Detroit this season. Thursday and Friday’s games against the Rangers will begin at 7:05 p.m. First pitch for Saturday’s game is 1:05 p.m., Sunday is 1:10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday’s contests will begin at 7:05 p.m. The final game of the homestand on Thursday will begin at 1:05 p.m.  

SUPER SPRING TICKET DEAL: For games versus the Seattle Mariners (only April 24-25), Mezzanine seats are just $10 (regularly priced $16) and Upper Box Infield seats are only $12 (regularly priced $24).

Get your Tigers tickets for the 2012 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including single game, season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).

Thursday, April 19 – Texas Rangers (Probables: Wilk vs. Darvish) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) – HD VIDEO BOARD MAKES DEBUT DURING FIRST HOME NIGHT GAME

·        Strike Out Hunger with Trader Joe’s, Detroit Tigers Foundation and Gleaners Food Bank: The Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, will partner with Trader Joe's to present a check for $25,000 to Gleaners Community Food Bank as a result of the Strikeout Hunger program. In 2011, and again in 2012, Trader Joe's has partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation to make a donation to Gleaners each time a Tigers pitcher records a strikeout. In 2011, Tigers pitchers recorded 1,115 strikeouts, earning Gleaners the gift of $25,000.

·        Law Enforcement Night: The Tigers will host their first Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Comerica Park. This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and their families, and will help raise awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, currently under construction in Washington, DC. The Tigers offered a special ticket package that is now sold out for law enforcement officers, their families, and supporters. The Tigers will donate $10 from each ticket that was sold directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to support the National Law Enforcement Museum.

Friday, April 20 – Texas Rangers (Probables: Porcello vs. Harrison) @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest and Jackie Robinson Day: In keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive and celebrating the 65th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers hosted the 16th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson will join contest winners and Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni and Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pregame recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson who broke the segregation barrier in baseball and was a social activist who fought for equal opportunities beyond the playing field. Tigers players and coaches participated in the league-wide Jackie Robinson Day celebration by wearing #42 to honor Jackie Robinson on the anniversary of the day he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Five of the six contest winners will be honored on the field prior to the game.

The six contest winners include:  
-         Art:  Byron Burbank, Detroit, Clark Preparatory Academy, Grade 8; Tiara Williams, Detroit, Cody High School, Grade 12.  
-         Essay:  Chandler Shettleroe, Redford, Hilber Middle School, Grade 6; Emily Garman, Rochester Hills, Stoney Creek High School, Grade 9.  
-         Poetry:  Matthew Fealk, West Bloomfield, West Hills MIddle School, Grade 8; Donovan Dennis, Southfield, University High School Academy, Grade 12.
-        Shani Allison, a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar and alumnus of Penn Sate University, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
-        Jackie Robinson Most Diverse Business Partner Award: In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the Diverse Business Partners program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of Major League Baseball. William Durren IV, owner of Durren Resources, Inc., will be presented the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during an on-field, pregame recognition. Durren Resources, Inc. is a leading certified minority business that provides printing, marketing services, advertising specialties, mailing and fulfillment.

Saturday, April 21 – Texas Rangers (Probables: Verlander vs. Feliz) @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.)

·        The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a 2012-13 Detroit Tigers Calendar, courtesy of  Red Robin.
·        Prior to Saturday’s game, a Pregame Baseball Clinic will take place beginning at 11:15 a.m. on the field at Comerica Park, presented by Red Robin. The Clinic will feature four separate 15-minute long stations: hitting, pitching, catching and infield. A Tigers player and coach will be at every station to share their in depth baseball knowledge lecture-style. Fans of all ages with a ticket are invited to participate! The event is weather-permitting.

Sunday, April 22 – Kids Day – Texas Rangers (Probables: Smyly vs. Lewis) @ 1:10 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

·        All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Comerica Park Scoreboard Photo Frame, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.
All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game.
·        Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Foundation: The Tigers will recognize hockey division champions from leagues around Michigan, Ohio and Indiana during a special on-field pregame ceremony.  

Tuesday, April 24 – Seattle Mariners @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·        The Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, Joe Torre, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as a representative of the Defending Childhood Task Force.
·        Miss Michigan Night: All 32 Miss Michigan contestants will participate in Miss Michigan Night at Comerica Park. All contestants, along with the current reigning Miss Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger, will participate in a question and answer session on the concourse near the Big Cat court from 5:45-6:15 p.m. The Children's Miracle Network, the national platform for the Miss America Organization, will also be present. Since the partnership was formed, Miss America contestants have raised over five million dollars to help increase awareness for children’s hospitals throughout the U.S. Representatives from Beaumont Hospital, one of the four Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, will make a special  announcement. Kayla Goeringer, a former patient, was selected by the National Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to represent Michigan as the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospital Champion. Kayla, who will be present with her family,  was nine years old when she was diagnosed with Ewing's Cancer, a form of bone cancer. Now cancer free, she will be the Miracle ambassador to help bring awareness to the work being done at children's hospitals across the state. All 32 contestants, Miss Michigan and Kayla will participate in a special pregame ceremony. Elizabeth Wertenberger, current Miss Michigan, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
·        Detroit Sports Commission Night: Metro Detroit has a long, successful history of hosting a variety of events including the 2005 MLB All-Star Game, Super Bowl XL, the World Series in 2006, the 2008 AAU Junior Olympic Games, 2009 NCAA Men's Final Four, the 2010 NCAA Men's Frozen Four as well as other USA, NCAA, AAU and USSSA tournaments. The Detroit Metro Sports Commission (D-Sports) markets and sells metro Detroit as a premier destination for regional, national and international amateur sporting events. Cheer on the Tigers and support the local sports scene with this special Detroit Sports Commission package that includes a Mezzanine ticket, hot dog, bag of Lay’s Chips, Pepsi and a special “Where Champions are Made, and Championships are Played” T-Shirt all for just $26!


Wednesday, April 25 – Seattle Mariners @ 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

·        For this game, Mezzanine seats are just $10 (regularly priced $16) and Upper Box Infield seats are only $12 (regularly priced $24)!

Thursday, April 26 – Seattle Mariners @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

·        Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Aquafina, a long-standing partner in this program, is sponsoring a special giveaway item for participating students - a total of 3,000 sling bags will be given away to students (inside Gate D) over the course of three dates including April 26.

SPECIAL INITIATIVES

Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: When Justin Verlander takes the mound at Comerica Park, he strives for victory. This season, his outings on the hill take on a new meaning. For each of his home starts, Verlander will host Veterans from the John D. Dingell Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. All guests receive a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans T-shirt and are welcomed on the video board during the game. Veterans also receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander. When you see Verlander on the mound, he is not only playing for his team and Tigers fans around the world, he is also playing for America’s heroes.  

TIGERS VALUE OFFERS AT COMERICA PARK


·        Spring Ticket Deal – For games versus the Seattle Mariners (only April 24-25), Mezzanine seats are just $10 (regularly priced $16) and Upper Box Infield seats are only $12 (regularly priced $24).
·        Group tickets, including suites and indoor and outdoor picnics, offer reduced ticket prices in certain seating sections on specific days for groups of 15-or-more.