Tiger Stadium has been vacant since the Tigers’ last game there on September 27, 1999. The only other time people have set foot in the stadium since them was when the HBO movie “61*” was shot there in August of 2001. Thanks to Super Bowl XL, Tiger Stadium will open its gates at least one final time. Bud Bowl 2006 will offer two concerts, one on February 3rd, and the other on February 4th, with both beginning at 8:30 PM. The events will be held in “Club 1620,” a climate-controlled expo hall on the infield of Tiger Stadium. Only people old enough to drink can enter, and tickets will be given away via radio station giveaways and promotions at bars/clubs/restaurants. No tickets will be available at the door. It appears Super Bowl XL will be fun for those of us who can’t pay $8,000 to get tickets to the actual game.
“Tiger Stadium will be coming back to life for these special ‘One Night Stand’ concerts in what may be the final official events at this historic venue,” says Kazer. “And while the party inside will be the place to be, we’ll make accommodations for an observation deck where our special guests can view the old diamond and the dugouts at the stadium.”
It is a wonder, however, that this isn’t going to be held at Comerica Park, especially considering that the new home of the Tigers is right across the street from Ford Field. They probably won’t really let people explore the stadium, since much of the structure and upper decks could be structually unsound. Ilitch has been paid to maintain the field and stadium since its closure, but he has not done so – and the city continues to pay him, despite offers by others to do the same work better and for less money… This will probably be the last event ever at the old Tiger Stadium. There have been a few different proposals for stores to be built at the site, but none have happened. So, Detroit needs to take advantage of this: the last chance for Tiger Stadium. All thanks to Super Bowl XL!
1/16 UPDATE: The ticket giveaways have begun (read the comments), and Snoop Dogg is on tap for the first Bud Bowl night (Feb. 3). 3 Doors Down will be performing on the second night. It looks like there will be some pretty sweet music acts there, so it will definitely be a hot ticket.
1/18 UPDATE: To win tickets for one of the two nights, you can apparently listen to 98.7 WJLB, 101 WRIF, or 96.3 on the old FM radio to win tickets. I mainly use Internet radio and MP3s, so thanks to those who commented for giving us the heads up.