Detroit Tigers — by the numbers 

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• Seating capacity at Tiger Stadium (then named Bennett Park) in 1896: 5,000

• Seating capacity at Tiger Stadium (then named Navin Field) in 1912: 23,000

• Seating capacity at Tiger Stadium (then named Navin Field) in 1936: 36,000

• Seating capacity at Briggs Stadium after renovations in 1938: 58,000

• Seating capacity at Comerica Park in 2014: 41,681

• Number of suites at Comerica Park: 93

• Area of the scoreboard, one of the largest in Major League Baseball: 6,096 square feet

• Total weight of scoreboard: 100,000 pounds

• Weight of one of the two tigers situated on top of the scoreboard: 10,000 pounds

• Diameter of the scoreboard’s analog clock face: 16 feet

• Height of the Comerica Park’s Ferris wheel: 50 feet

• Length of wire, cables and pumps used to power the center field fountain: More than four miles

• Amount of water that can be pushed through the fountain per minute: 15,000 gallons 

• Amount of office space at Comerica Park: 36,000 square feet

• Amount of retail space at Comerica park: 70,000 square feet

• Area of Comerica Park ballpark: 788,000 square feet

• Area of Comerica Park, including all outbuildings: over 1 million square feet 

• Cost for the city of Detroit to buy Tiger Stadium in 1977: $1

• Cost of renovations made by the city of Detroit to Tiger Stadium: $8 million 

• Cost to build Comerica Park: $300 million

• Cost of Comerica Park paid by Tigers: $185 million (62 percent)

• Public cost of Comerica Park: $115 million from 2 percent rental-car tax and 1 percent hotel tax, more

• Cost paid by Comerica Bank to have exclusive naming rights for 30 years: $66 million

• Mike and Marian Ilitch’s combined net worth: $3.64 billion

• Tigers 2013 team value: $643 million

• Average time of Opening Day game: 2 hours 49 minutes

• Most consecutive Opening Day starts by Tigers pitcher: Jack Morris, 11 (1980-1990)

• Ty Cobb’s 1914 salary: $15,000 ($357,734.67 in 2014 dollars)

• Cy Young winner Max Scherzer’s 2014 salary: $15.525 million

• Max Scherzer’s earnings per start: $$485,156

• Temperature on first Opening Day at Comerica in 2000: 36 degrees Fahrenheit

• Expected Opening Day 2014 temperature: 52 degrees Fahrenheit

• Tigers’ 2014 total payroll: $157.8 million

• Most strikeouts in a season by a Tigers pitcher: Mickey Lolich, 308 in 1971

• Number of home runs hit at Tiger Stadium: 11,111

• Tigers players, managers and executives in the National Baseball Hall of Fame: 24

• Number of batters that Tigers pitchers struck out in 2013, establishing a new Major League record for most strikeouts in a season: 1,428

• Most runs scored by Tigers on Opening Day (1993): 20 

• Average cost of beer per-ounce at Comerica: $.42 an ounce, or $5.04 for a 12-ounce beer

• Cost of new Poutine Dog at Comerica: $7

• Cost to park in front of Comerica: $25

(Sources: Detroit Tigers Media Guide, The Baseball Stadium Insider: A Comprehensive Dissection of All Thirty Ballparks, the Legendary Players, and the Memorable Moments, Metro Times research, Crain’s Detroit Business, Green Cathedrals,,,,,,,,, National Weather Service, Rod Nelson of The Emerald Guide to Baseball 2014

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