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2014 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan ready to roll January 23-24


DETROIT - The 2014 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24, and features an exciting lineup of appearances in Detroit and around the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters and Detroit's favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey traveling in two buses and an additional dozen vehicles, across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

"We are thrilled to get the 2014 Winter Caravan rolling and meet fans throughout the state of Michigan, Northwest Ohio and into Canada," said Elaine Lewis, Vice President of Community and Public Affairs for the Tigers. "We have added new stops and we are revisiting destinations with electric atmospheres that our players, manager and coaching staff are certain to enjoy. We are excited to warm up these cold winter months with the excitement that only a new baseball season can bring."

The 2014 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making stops at nearly 30 locations, including 12 new destinations. In additions to the new stops, the caravan will also be visiting a pair of cities not visited in previous caravans. The Metro Bus will make a stop in Hamtramck, while the West Bus will debut in Battle Creek.

A variety of season ticket options for the upcoming 2014 season are currently on sale. Ticket packages are available for as low as $15 per game and include great benefits. For more information or to purchase season tickets, call (313) 471-2255, email seasontickets@tigers.mlb.com or visit tigers.com.


Metro Bus

Thursday, January 23
1:05-2:05 p.m.  DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan
  DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan 3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit
· Tigers players will visit select patient rooms and leave each patient with a gift
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance

1:15-2:15 p.m.  U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse   231 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit
· Tigers players will participate in a rally with courthouse employees
· Players will take part in a meet and greet with United States District Judges in Chief Judge Rosen's chambers prior to the rally

1:45-2:30 p.m.  AAA Employee Safe Driving Rally
American Automobile Association One Auto Club Drive, Dearborn
· Two Tigers players will participate in a AAA Safe Driving Rally with AAA Employees
· Players will take a ride in a AAA driving simulator

1:45-3:30 p.m.  Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE 1200 Oakman Blvd., 1200B Oakman Blvd., 1300 Oakman Blvd., Detroit
· Tigers players will participate in a rally with Focus: HOPE employees and community partners, with doors opening at 1:45 p.m.
· Players will tour the Machinist Training Institute and the Food Center (Tours begin at 2:30 p.m.)
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance

2:50-3:35 p.m. Fox Sports Detroit
Fox Sports Detroit 26555 Evergreen Road Suite 90, Southfield
· Tigers players and coaches will participate in a meet and greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients

5:00-6:00 p.m.  Detroit Tigers Kids Rally
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center   15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn
· Tigers players will participate in an interactive rally for young fans kicking off the Tigers' 2014 Strikeout Bullying campaign
· All participants will receive a Strikeout Bullying wristband
· Players will take part in a private meet and greet with Dreams Come True Guests, select members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club and Radio Disney contest winners
· Interactive, energetic event for kids with raffle prizes
· Tigers' mascot PAWS will also be in attendance
· (Tickets Required - A limited number of tickets area available at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center Box Office, which is located at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126. Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.)

4:00-6:00 p.m.  Hockeytown Authentics
Hockeytown Authentics   1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy
· Fans have the opportunity to take a photo with two Tigers players in exchange for a donation of canned food to benefit the American Red Cross Southeastern Michigan
· A minimum of a 6 can donation is required for a wristband to take one photo with the Tigers players. (Maximum of 150 wristbands will be distributed for a guaranteed opportunity for a photo. Wristband distribution will begin at 4 p.m.)

6:00-7:30 p.m.  Toledo Mud Hens
Fifth Third Field 406 Washington Street, Toledo, OH
· Tigers players will participate in a question and answer session at a seated dinner for fans
· Ticketed Event; To order tickets call 419-725-4367 or visit https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=108337&SponsorID=6377#.UtQoRNJDuSo)

Friday, January 24
11:00-11:45 a.m.  National Coney Island
  National Coney Island 30140 Van Dyke Avenue, Warren
· Two Tigers players will serve as celebrity waiters for customers at National Coney Island
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance

10:30-11:20 a.m.  Canada Border Services Agency
Canada Border Services Agency   Windsor Tunnel, ON
· Tigers players will receive an orientation of the Canada Border Services Agency operations and participate in a rally with Canadian Border Services Agency officers

10:15-11:40 a.m.  General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly
Comerica Park 2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly 2500 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit
· Photo opportunity with Tigers players and Cadillac ELR vehicles
· A three Cadillac ELR caravan will lead the bus to the plant from Comerica Park
· Tigers players will receive a tour of the plant and also participate in a rally with assembly line workers

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Comerica Bank
Comerica Bank 3701 Hamlin Road, Auburn Hills
· Players will participate in a rally with Comerica Bank employees

2:15-2:35 p.m. Hamtramck Fire Department
Hamtramck Fire Department  2625 Caniff, Hamtramck
· Tigers players will present a jersey to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Hamtramck Fire Department and take a photo with Hamtramck firefighters

2:15-2:55 p.m. Drug Enforcement Administration
Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit 431 Howard Street, Detroit
· Tigers players will learn about the DEA's responsibilities and participate in a rally with local law enforcement agents
· Players will present a jersey to local law enforcement agents
· Media is not permitted

3:00-4:00 p.m.  North American International Auto Show
North American International Auto Show One Washington Boulevard, Detroit
· Tigers players will participate in a private meet and greet with select executives from the Auto Show and General Motors
· Players will participate in the daily Auto Show parade
· Players will take part in a roundtable question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area

3:15-3:45 p.m.  Michigan United/Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce/Southwest Solutions/555 Gallery
555 Gallery 2801 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit
· An art gallery located in a diverse and culturally active neighborhood, formerly a Detroit Police Department precinct, showcases the artwork inspired by the Southwest Detroit Community
· Tigers players will tour the facility followed by a short question and answer session
West Bus

Thursday, January 23
3:00-4:00 p.m.  Fathead/EPI Marketing Services
EPI   5350 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek
· Tigers players will tour the EPI Plant where nearly all Fathead vinyl products are printed and participate in an employee rally

5:45-9:15 p.m.  West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet
DeVos Place Convention Center 303 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids
· Special Guest: Erin Cummings, Actress, Mittens for Detroit
· Mitten collection at the door to benefit Mittens for Detroit
· Tigers players will meet and greet with Veterans prior to the start of the banquet
· Players will meet and greet with the Agar Family of Rockford, MI
· Visit Detroit and the Detroit Sports Commission will distribute information
· Ticketed Event; Tickets are available by calling the West Michigan Whitecaps at 616-784-4131

Friday, January 24
10:00-10:45 a.m.  Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Company
Hudsonville Creamery   345 East 48th Street Suite #200, Holland
· Tigers players will tour the Hudsonville Creamery and participate in a community rally
· Ice cream sampling
· Community rally and unveiling of new Tiger Traxx Ice Cream Carton
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (Registration now closed.)

1:20 p.m.-2:10 p.m.  The Kellogg Company
Kellogg's World Corporate Headquarters
McCamly Street (Between Jackson and W. Hamblin), Battle Creek
· Players will participate in a rally with Kellogg's employees
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance

NOTE: Tigers players will dine at Michigan based restaurants including Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse and Kruse and Muer

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