2017 Tigers Winter Caravan Ready to Roll

DETROIT- The 2017 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan in partnership with Visit Central Florida, is set for Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Tigers Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila, Executive Vice President, Business Operations Duane McLean, Vice President, Assistant General Manager David Chadd, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit's favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

"We have an exciting line-up of events scheduled for the Winter Caravan that include celebrations of significant anniversaries within our communities," said Tigers Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Planning Elaine Lewis. "Year in and year out, the players, manager and coaches have made a commitment to engaging with fans throughout the state of Michigan, and they enjoy seeing the smiles, hearing the cheers, and feeling the passion and outpouring support from fans. It speaks to the impact the Tigers caravan can have for all."

The 2017 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making nearly 30 stops throughout the region, including three new destinations. The Metro Bus will visit the Farmington Public Safety Department and Selfridge Air National Guard Base to name a few, while the West Bus will debut at the Michigan State Police Headquarters.

Media are encouraged to attend stops along the caravan for photo and b-roll opportunities. Further information on arranged media availabilities with Tigers players, coaches and executives will be announced at a later date.

Metro Bus

Thursday, January 19

Detroit Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                                1:05-2:00 p.m.

3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

  • Al Avila, Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations & General Manager and Tigers players will tour backstage of the orchestra hall and participate in the opening day of Mozart Fest.
  • DSO will highlight the Piano Sonata Marathon during a brief show and tell with a performer and a Tigers player.
  • Tigers to present a framed jersey to the DSO in honor of Mozart's 261st birthday.
  • Q&A session with Tigers personnel followed by a raffle drawing.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Mariner's Inn                                                                                                                                           1:05-1:35 p.m.

445 Ledyard St., Detroit

  • The Detroit Tigers Caravan visits Mariner's Inn to recognize the important contributions the organization makes in stabilizing homeless individuals and families through their shelter and treatments centers.
  • Round table discussion and Q & A session with the men of Mariners Inn. 
  • Group photo with Mariners Inn Executive staff and executives from Ilitch Holdings.

Hard Rock Café                                                                                                                                        1:15-2:00 p.m.

45 Monroe St., Detroit

  • Caravan personnel will be celebrity servers.
  • Validated parking in One Campus Martius parking structure.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

United States Customs and Border Protection                                                                                                                1:15-2:10 p.m.

2810 W. Fort St #123, Detroit

  • DTI personnel will take a group photo which will be followed by an overview of the United States Customs and Border Patrol including a Gantry X-ray demonstration.
  • DTI personnel will participate in an employee rally to include an interactive Q&A session.
  • DTI will present a special gift to the USCBP.

Children's Hospital (DMC)                                                                                                                      2:15-3:15 p.m.

3901 Beaubien St., Detroit

  • Al Avila, Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager and players to visit with outpatients in lobby of the hospital (Note: Media availability in the lobby from 2:25-3:25, b-roll only)                      
  • Players to provide gifts to 300 inpatients and visit select patient rooms.

Comerica Bank                                                                                                                                        2:15-3:15 p.m.

411 Lafayette Blvd., Detroit

  • Caravan personnel will participate in an energetic employee rally which will feature an interactive Q&A session and prizes.

AAA                                                                                                                                         2:30-3:20 p.m.

1 Auto Club Dr., Dearborn

  • Energetic AAA Safe Driving rally with approximately 1,200 - 1,500 employees.
  •  DTI players to Ride in AAA driving simulator and tour the AAA call center.

Farmington Public Safety Department                                                                                                          4:00-4:45 p.m.

23600 Liberty St., Farmington

  • In celebration of their 150th Anniversary, DTI personnel will dine with the Farmington Public Safety

Department. The program includes a jersey and autographed helmet presentation. BELFOR will make a special presentation as well.

Hockeytown Authentics                                                                                                                               5:15-6:00 p.m.

1845 East Big Beaver Rd., Troy

  • DTI players will take pictures with fans who arrive with canned goods to help feed those struggling with hunger.
  • All canned goods to be donated to the Salvation Army.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Clarenceville High School                                                                                                                     5:10-6:10 p.m.

20155 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia                                                                                                                                   

  • Private meet and greet with Dreams Come True Guests, members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club and Clarenceville High School students and staff.
  • Interactive, energetic event for kids that will include games and raffle.
  • Prizes and face painting.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Toledo Mud Hens The Flock Winter Party                                                                                                 6:05-7:05 p.m.

Hensville Fleetwood Building

28 N. Clair St., Toledo

  • Media session 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.
  • Mud Hens will introduce new Manager, Mike Rojas, and will announce their 2017 promotional schedule
  • Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will address the crowd, Q&A session and prizes.

Friday, January 20

Selfridge Air National Guard Base                                                                                                        10:30-11:10 a.m.

Harrison Charter Township

  • Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum will board the bus and lead Al Avila, Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager and players on a tour of the base.
  • DTI personnel will participate in an energetic rally in the joint dining hall, and will honor the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base with a jersey presentation.

FOX Sports Detroit                                                                                                                         11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

26555 Evergreen Rd #90, Southfield

  • Meet and greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients.

FBI                                                                                                                                          11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

477 Michigan Ave. #26

  • DTI Caravan personnel will meet and greet with FBI agents.
  • DTI personnel will also tour the facility, participate in interactive simulations.

DTE Energy Headquarters                                                                                                                          12:30-2:00 p.m.

One Energy Plaza, Detroit

  • Interactive, energetic rally for DTE Energy employees that will include a question and answer session and prizes.

Wayne State University Police Department                                                                                                   2:40-3:20 p.m.

6050 Cass Ave., Detroit

  • Detroit Tigers Caravan to honor the memory of fallen WSPD officer Sergeant Colin Rose (posthumously awarded the rank of sergeant). The Tigers will present a jersey to Chief Anthony Holt of the WSPD, as well as a special gift to the parents and fiance of Sergeant Rose.

North American International Auto Show            2:45-3:45 p.m.

One Washington Blvd., Detroit

  • Players participate in daily "Cars on Parade" Auto Show parade.
  • Players participate in a round table question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area.
  • The Men of Mariner's Inn will be in attendance.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WEST BUS

Thursday, January 19

Michigan State Police Headquarters                                                                                                          2:30-3:15 p.m.

7150 Harris Drive, Dimondale

  • Tigers will present a #100 jersey recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Michigan State Police.
  • Meet and greet with officers.
  • Tour of the Michigan State Police Emergency Operations Center

Grand Rapids Police Department                                                                                                             5:45-6:15 p.m.

1 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids

  • DTI personnel to meet and greet with members of the Grand Rapids Police Department.

West Michigan Whitecaps Banquet                                                                                                               5:45-8:45 p.m.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

  • Media Session 5:45pm - 6:10 p.m.
  •  DTI uniform personnel to visit with Veterans from the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans prior to the annual West Michigan Whitecaps Banquet.
  • Proceeds from event benefits Whitecaps Community Foundation and the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities.

Friday, January 20

Hudsonville Creamery                                                                                                                                9:35-10:55 a.m.

345 East 48th Street Suite, Holland

  • DTI personnel will tour the facility, sample ice cream from the factory floor, and raffle prizes to employees.
  • DTI uniformed personnel to participate in an interactive employee rally with question and answer session.
  • DTI will present gift to the family of Karla Wolters in memory of the iconic Hope College softball coach.

Meijer                                                                                                                                      9:50-10:20 a.m.

746 E 16th St., Holland

  • DTI personnel will surprise and delight shoppers at this Meijer location in Holland, MI.
  • OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

University of Michigan - Junge Family Champions Center                            2:00-3:30 p.m.

333 E. Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor

  • Meet and greet with University and athletic department personnel and tour Michigan Stadium.

Tigers will present a #200 jersey to Dr. Mark Schlissel, President of the University of Michigan, in honor of the university's 200th anniversary.