On Monday, March 31, 2008 the Detroit Tigers will take the field for the first game in one of the franchise’s most anticipated seasons. Key off-season additions have many looking forward to a possible World Series appearance this year. Fans have fueled record ticket sales, forcing the franchise to cease the sale of many season ticket packages. Many regular-season games are sold out before a pitch has even been thrown.
Opening Day is the unofficial start to spring for Detroit baseball fans. Many will celebrate by spending the day at Comerica Park in Detroit. This annual rite provides a significant economic benefit to the greater Detroit area.1 In this paper we estimate the economic impact that opening day game attendees will generate, as well as the net economic impact stemming from attendee spending during the entire 81 home game season.