They came from all over Metro Detroit Tuesday -- and some from Canada, too -- to do what not many can say they did.
"Skating at the ball park doesn’t happen that often,” said Shari Simpson, of Sylvan Lake
"It’s like a field of dreams for me," said Jack Malinowski, of Farmington Hills.
Comerica Park’s field is now covered with ice for the Hockeytown Winter Festival. Tuesday was the first day it was opened to the public. It provides a unique experience to lace ‘em up and test ‘em out on the same ice as Red Wings greats.
“Our parents watched these guys, we’ve grown up watching these guys, it’s fun to experience what they see,” Malinowski said. “It’s fun to look up instead of looking down."
“This is the rink they’re using for the alumni showdown,” said one Red Wings fan. “Steve Yzerman is going to skate on this ice. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Hockey fan or not, there’s just something cool about skating outside.
“I’m here just enjoying hockey, enjoying the weather and enjoying Detroit,” Malinowski said.
Skating in a baseball stadium is pretty darn cool, too.
“I’ve played hockey my whole life, this is like a dream come true right here,” said Marc Biliti, of Roseville. "I now have a family and there’s no one I’d rather spend it with."
A lot of people made it a family affair at the park Tuesday and it seemed everyone had a great time. Open skate times vary throughout the festival.
Anyone interested in lacing up the skates at the ballpark-turned-ice-rink needs to get some tickets first. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.