Once again, fans looking for tickets to Tigers Opening Day won't have to camp out overnight. They might, however, need a fast finger for the mouse or a lucky number on their wristband.
Single-game tickets for the entire 2012 home schedule, including the April 5 showdown with the new-look Boston Red Sox, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. As in past years, they'll be available online at tigers.com, in person at the Comerica Park box office and by phone at 866-66-TIGER. For the first time, tickets will also be available in person at the Hockeytown Authentics shop in Troy, Mich.
It's an annual event for fans, and the Tigers are again going to allow those who want to be first in line at Comerica Park to reserve a spot Friday. The team has doubled the number of wristbands handed out to fans to 1,000, beginning Friday at 3 p.m.
A random number drawn Saturday morning will then serve as the starting point for fans to line up Saturday around 8:30 a.m. -- from the selected number through 1,000, then from one on up, followed by fans who arrive after 8:45 a.m. All fans with wristbands must be lined up by 9:30 a.m.
A wristband doesn't guarantee tickets will be available for a desired game, Opening Day or otherwise, but it gives them a better chance. The Tigers are encouraging fans, even those who decide to wait in line and get a wristband, to check the online schedule ahead of time to prioritize which games they want to attend.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.