The Tigers announced this morning they plan to postpone TigerFest due to renovations on Comerica Park.
In an article by MLB.com's Jason Beck, Tigers VP of communications Ron Colangelo said:
"The intention was to hold a TigerFest in 2012, but it became apparent there were going to be space limitations. And when we realized there would be safety concerns, we decided it was in the best interest to postpone the event."
The Tigers plan to upgrade the scoreboard during the offseason.
Working on as large of a scoreboard as Comerica Park -- still one of the biggest in the big leagues -- takes up space and time around the ballpark for new parts and the equipment to install them. That's where the Tigers, who have held a fanfest event for about the last 15 years, encountered challenges, then concerns.
TigerFest is always a popular event that sells out. Fans are able to get autographs and interact with the players, and players and club officials usually took time to speak to the fans during a Q&A session hosted by local media personalities. Last year, Phil Coke's session was one of the most memorable. Maybe ever.
So it's an event that I'm sure will be missed this year.
The Tigers will still hold their Winter Caravan, Jan 19-20.