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its been a few years since I've been to Tigerfest, but I have tickets for my son and I for this year. Is it important to get there right when it starts? He's supposed to have a basketball game at 10:20, so we wouldn't get there until 1:00 or so unless we skip it. Also, is it still pretty much just waiting in giant lines for autographs and tours, or have they made things more efficient? Anything else I need to know? I wasn't planning to go, but got tickets for Christmas.

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Lots of lines, and it has gotten worse over the years. Seems they sell more tickets and have less autograph spots open then previous years. Last year they tried to close so many line through out the day because of how many people were there

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If I were you I'd sell the tickets to somebody rather than spend a few hours and pay for the parking.

bugmanson: I have noticed they re-added a 5th regular line after going without it last year, so I'm hoping that helps.

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Well this information is certainly disappointing... It being even more crowded than before is particularly distressing, because when my brother and I went a few years ago we ended up not waiting for anything and just left.

I got the tickets from my dad for Christmas and he is planning to go with us, so I don't think selling the tickets is an option. I guess we will just try to get there early so we are able to get through a couple of things.

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I would enjoy the tour of the stadium but the standing outside in the cold is for the birds. I used to go a lot when it was at Joe Louis Arena. Everything was manageable then but the team sucked so the crowds were significantly smaller.

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What is the draw for an event like this. Is it basically just for autographs? There has to be something else, right?

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What is the draw for an event like this. Is it basically just for autographs? There has to be something else, right?

I've never been to the one at Comerica but at JLA they would have Q&A sessions and fun booths for the kids.

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Looking at the map they are now down to 3 places for autographs, as they have taken 2 of the old places and cut them in half ( map shows 5 but its not a true 5 like it used to be). This means all those people spread out over the stadium are now in 3 areas. Last year they kept trying to kick people out of downstairs as there were too many people down there. Previous years we could get double digit autographs without the early pass, now with the early pass we are lucky to get close to 10, and that is getting 2-3 before it official opens.

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What is the draw for an event like this. Is it basically just for autographs? There has to be something else, right?

you can take a few swings in the batting cage before they kick you out for the next person, you can walk through the dressing rooms and stuff... but mostly autographs unless you want to sit and listen to players talk.

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What is the draw for an event like this. Is it basically just for autographs? There has to be something else, right?

Before I started coaching I would go. The draw for me was just hanging out at Comerica park with my ticket buddy. We would play it by ear mostly but made sure we listened to the Dombrowski Q&A. Didn't do autographs. Clubhouse and dugout tours were fun. You could buy used stuff for cheap. Just being there helped break up the winter. We enjoyed it.

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I love Tigerfest Saturday

I leave the live steam on my home computer and follow on my phone all through the day. Spring is coming

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Worst Tigerfest ever. It was ran so poorly this year. Had early entry passes and still ended up with only 7 autographs. Besides the 1st table everyone had 1 person signing at a time and there weren't even the big names. Kyle Ryan should not be at a table by himself. Lines were longer than ever. Had 3 autographs within the 1st hour an only got 4 in the remaining 6 hours.

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I think if you go with the intent of getting autographs you will always be disappointed. At tigerfest thats a secondary benefit.

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I will keep my TigerFest story over in the autograph discussion area in fear of everyone's torches, pitchforks, and other items normally found in a mob...

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I have been going for the last 8 years, It does not bother me on who we get autographs from. However it has been worse every year with the number of people they sell tickets to and the number of spots for the autographs. And since every line in over 2 hrs long i think the autographs are the main part of tigerfest. I could care less about asking David Price how he named his dog.. hell i could care less if he even has a dog.

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I have been doing this for a few years longer than you have and won't argue with what you are getting at. I do just want to say for the record, I did not spend over 2 hours in any line yesterday, at most 1 hr 45 mins from beginning to end. However the line for the basement is, from what I've heard, the worst it has ever been AND they had never closed autograph lines down like they had last year so that made it look worse for sure.

At least now I know how many tickets they do per session (500 for those who actually care to know) so I have a better calculation into their system for next time so if anything I gained a little more knowledge into the newer system (which I'm becoming more fond of each year). The key to the whole thing is to get the season ticket holder Early Entry passes and get their at a good time to ensure you are in the front of that line (if you thought EE line was crazy, and it was, the GA looked even worse from the perched view I saw). That way you get your EE signer and the front of the line for the first regular session minimum which has paid off for me the last few years quite well.

As long as they keep selling this thing out and people keep showing up, they won't make any significant changes like... oh I don't know... moving it back indoors like it was at JLA.

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I have been going for the last 8 years, It does not bother me on who we get autographs from. However it has been worse every year with the number of people they sell tickets to and the number of spots for the autographs. And since every line in over 2 hrs long i think the autographs are the main part of tigerfest. I could care less about asking David Price how he named his dog.. hell i could care less if he even has a dog.

Agreed. The way they handle the autographs is absurd. We waited 2.5 hours in line B (stupid on its own, but it's impossible to know how long the wait will be when you get in a line). When we finally got toward the front, we saw it was Avila. When we are about 50 people away, he gets up and leaves. We all are left standing there for 25 minutes before someone else comes! That's crazy! No reason to have any time at all between people. Then we end up with Josh Zeide coming in and sitting down by himself! WTF? There is no way a complete unknown should ever be signing by himself. Before we got to the table, he was joined by Tyler Collins. Better, but still not really worth 2.5 hours.

The same thing happened in the kids only line. Waited almost 2 hours, Ausmus, Clark and Al-Al leave and are replaced my Matt Martin. A dad with two kids who was next in line refused to go. He said anyone who wanted to go ahead of him could, but he would not go through with just the "defensive coordinator" sitting there. Fortunately Cespedes came in shortly. Still, I felt bad for anyone who got only Zeide or Martin after all that time.

My son (9) still says he had a lot of fun even with the crazy waits, but I found it ridiculous. With waits that long there should always be at least two if not three players, one of which is from the major league roster.

Going through the clubhouse and dugout was cool, but it's obvious that autographs is the main draw for a lot of people and they handle it very poorly.

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I've never been, but out of curiosity, how could they do it better? I know the Nats charge for graphs and I've been to the Rays Fest, they now charge as well for the best 15-20 guys. What would be a good way with the current attendance, aside from charging per player?

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They have not cut down on the number of autograph spots what they did was take them from being 6 spread out all over and condensed them into 3 very small areas. Downstairs used to be one spot, now they cut the room in half and its two spots...so you have double the amount of people in a very small area. Upstairs restaurant was one spot, now its two same problem as downstairs, the kids line and the last adult line are next to each other so again its over crowded. Besides those 3 spots the rest of the place is pretty empty. Spreading them back out will help a ton. Also instead of 1 person at a table make it 2-3 people. Its much easier to stomach a 2 hr wait when you get 3 autographs then getting 1 fringe major league player. We went thru 6 lines and only once was there more than one person signing. I don't mind the treasure hunt style I will never complain about not getting a big name player, usually the lesser known players are nicer anyhow.

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