Comerica Park usher excited to return to the park on Opening Day

Tigers host Indians at Comerica Park on Thursday

DETROIT – For the first time in more than 18 months, fans returned to Comerica Park Thursday, which means the ushers are back too.

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Dave McNamara has been an usher for the Tigers for 15 years. Dave Mac, as he’s known around the park, is perfect for the job -- he’s a retired teacher who loves interacting with fans.

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Last year, there were no fans. McNamara didn’t have his “hobby job” and there was a void.

“It just isn’t the same without the people,” McNamara said.

Which makes Thursday’s Opening Day game more special than most Opening Day games. He said he’s savoring it all, even if things aren’t quite the same. He has more sections to cover, more steps in between and more questions to answer, but he loves the Tigers and loves the fans.

After the last year, he said he’s grateful they’re playing baseball again.

You can watch Jamie Edmonds’ full story in the video above.

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