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Shaded Seats at Comerica Park

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Comerica Park, located in downtown Detroit, is the home of the Detroit Tigers. This stadium combines a fan-friendly atmosphere with unique features like a carousel and a Ferris wheel. Detroit gets plenty of sun and humidity during the baseball season, so seeking out shade can enhance the game-day experience. Tigers fans can use this guide to identify optimal Comerica Park shaded seats.

Where are the shaded seats at Comerica Park?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Comerica Park are located:

  • Right Field Corner: Partially shaded during day games
  • 1st Base Line: Shaded later in the afternoon
  • Under Cover: Covered seats in the Pavilion sections at field level are shaded

In the 2024 season, the Tigers play day games (1:10 p.m. or 1:40 p.m.), and evening games (6:10 p.m. or 6:40 p.m.), with a handful of other start times mixed in. For specific details about sections and different start times, please continue reading.

Comerica Park Orientation to the Sun

Comerica Park is oriented to the southeast. The ballparks in Pittsburgh and South Chicago have similar orientations, but Comerica is the most south-oriented. This setup places a large number of seats directly in the sun and makes it particularly challenging for fans to find shade during games.

In the morning, the sun rises behind the 3rd base, arcs across the outfield in the afternoon, and sets behind the 1st base side of the park. This means that there isn’t a universal “shade side” at Comerica Park. However, if you’re looking to avoid the sun, seats along the 1st base line generally offer more shade than those along the 3rd base line.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).


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Seats in the Shade at Tigers Early Afternoon Games

When Tigers games start at 1:10 p.m., the sun is positioned above right field. Fortunately for batters, it’s not directly in their eyes. However, for fans, this sun position makes it challenging to find shade outside of the right field corner sections 112-115. In those sections, rows far enough back are covered.

At field level, “pavilion” sections are slightly elevated above the main field-level seating and separated by walkways and railings. They benefit from an overhang, which provides some cover and shade. Another option for finding shade is in the upper deck, where seats under the roof are covered and protected from the sun.

Fans sitting behind the right field wall in sections 101-110 and those along the 1st base line near the foul pole will have the benefit of the sun behind them as the game progresses, providing some relief even if the seats are not completely out of the sun. Meanwhile, shade seekers should avoid any seat on the 3rd base line or in the left field stands as they are highly exposed to the sun.

Shade is sparse at the start of a day game. Only seats under cover are reliably shaded.
Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Tigers Late Afternoon games

On the rare days when the Tigers play at 3:10 or 4:10 p.m., the Detroit sun will begin the game behind the 1st base side of the stadium. At this time, the back rows in sections 112-124 along the 1st base line are the best bet for staying out of the sun. As the game progresses, the shade on that side of the park should extend to include some of the lower rows closer to the field. The same is true for the upper-level seats on the 1st base line, such as sections 211-218.

On the other hand, most seats along the 3rd base line will remain sun-soaked for the entire game, which applies to both the lower and upper levels. Seats in left field will also receive plenty of sun during these late-afternoon games.

Tiger Stadium Shadows

By mid-afternoon, the 1st base line becomes the “shade side” while the 3rd base line and outfield sections are still in the sun.
Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Tigers Evening Games

Detroit is on the far edge of the Eastern Time Zone. During the summer months, sunset isn’t until after 9:00 p.m.! The Tigers start almost all their evening games before 7:00 p.m., and combined with MLB’s new pace-of-play rules leading to quicker games, the sun will still be a major factor during night games.

By the first pitch, the sun is close to 1st base. This means the closer you are down the line toward home plate, the more likely you are to have the sun at your back. This is particularly true for sections 117-124 in the lower level and 216-219 in the upper level. Certain areas of the 3rd base line will be okay by this point, although not ideal unless they’re close to home plate. Meanwhile, fans seated in left field will be facing the sun until it sets, so those seats aren’t ideal for shade seekers. 

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