Baseball on the Chalk Line of the Infield

One thing Michiganders love about spring is the return of baseball. There’s something about the smell of fresh hot dogs and popcorn under the bright stadium lights. Maybe it’s the sound of the crowd cheering or the crack of a bat that gets fans excited. Whether you’re a super fan of baseball or going for the food and cold beer, a baseball game in Michigan has something for everyone to enjoy.

Michigan has one professional major league baseball stadium, three Michigan minor league baseball parks, an independent league baseball park, three summer collegiate ballparks, and over twelve college baseball fields. These fields can be found spread across Michigan. So you can stay close to home and still catch a game, wherever you are in the state.

Here are 8 places to catch a baseball game in Michigan.

  • Comerica Park, Detroit

    Make your way to downtown Detroit for a trip to Comerica Park. This stadium is home to the Detroit Tigers. Attendees can enjoy the baseball game or take a trip through the Big Cat Food Court with options ranging from elephant ears and Guernsey ice cream to gyros and hot dogs. The stadium is full of history with statues of Tigers legends. A walk through the main concourse has a Tigers Walk of Fame with even more moments of Tiger history. This park is very kid friendly, featuring the Comerica Bank Carousel and the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel. Before leaving the game, fans can catch a colorful firework display.

  • Jimmy John’s Field, Utica

    Jimmy John’s Field is home to the United Shore Professional Baseball League. Here you can see four Metro Detroit teams play. This includes The Utica Unicorns, the Eastside Diamond Hoppers, the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers, and the Westside Woolly Mammoths. Michigan’s Lawrence Tech University plays home games here too. The league gives undrafted college players and those released from minor league contracts an opportunity to continue playing and improve their skills. The stadium has a capacity of 4,000 and offers a variety of food options from hot dogs to burritos. They occasionally feature guest food trucks. Jimmy John’s Field is community-driven and often hosts special nights in partnership with local businesses and charities.

  • LMCU Ballpark, Comstock

    LMCU Ballpark is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps. This ballpark has over 200 events annually. Most take place during the baseball season. Some past events include Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamond series of games where players wore superhero jerseys, Star Wars Night, and Made in Michigan Wednesdays with appearances by former Detroit players.

  • Homer Stryker Field, Kalamazoo

    Located in Mayors’ Riverfront Park is Homer Stryker Field. This ballpark is home to the Kalamazoo Growlers, a Northwoods League affiliate. The stadium features the Bell’s Bear Cave which is an indoor space with an attached patio. They also offer unique food items including bacon-wrapped shrimp kebabs, beef sliders, brats, and brownies. Visitors can catch special events and promotional nights at the stadium as well. One night the stadium hosted a What Could Have Been Night where the team changed their name for a game.

  • C.O. Brown Stadium, Battle Creek

    The MCCU Field is located at C.O. Brown Stadium in Bailey Park. The stadium is home to the Battle Creek Battle Jacks. A Michigan Northwood League team and rival of the Kalamazoo Growlers. The two teams compete for the I-94 Rivalry Cup every year. The ballpark can host over 2,000 people. It has a large outdoor sports bar, multiple playgrounds, and several picnic areas.

  • Jackson Field, Lansing

    This Lansing ballpark has had many name changes over the past several years. From the Oldsmobile Park to the Cooley Law School Stadium. Now, one can find the venue under the name Jackson Field. The home of the Lansing Lugnuts. Over 10,000 fans can gather at the ballpark and enjoy classic ballpark foods.

  • Dow Diamond, Midland

    If you venture off to downtown Midland, you’ll find Dow Diamond ballpark. Home to the Great Lakes Loons, a Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. There’s a “Loontacular” fireworks display after every home game and food specials during Friday home games.

  • Turtle Creek Stadium, Traverse City

    Located 3 miles south of Traverse City is the Turtle Creek Stadium. The 4,660-seat stadium was originally the home to the Traverse City Beach Bums and is now home to the Traverse City Pit Spitters. The Pit Spitters play in the Northwoods League which features some of the best college players in the nation.

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