City of Saginaw MI -
FirstMerit Bank Event Park

What was formerly the home to the Saginaw Center Mall is now under construction in the 300 block of Johnson St. to be a multipurpose outdoor venue designed to attract a wide range of local & national events and draw people to downtown Saginaw. Set to open in August 2013, the venue will include a pavilion, main stage and grassy area capable of holding 5,500 people with the option of expanding into the neighboring parking lot once the site of the Saginaw Plaza Hotel.

The new outdoor facility to be managed by SMG, the same management company operating the adjacent Dow Event Center, will provide a versatile space capable of hosting events ranging from community gatherings to touring concerts, festivals and much more.

Shortly after construction began on the facility in May of 2013, FirstMerit Bank, formerly Citizens Bank, demonstrated their support of the new outdoor venture by committing to be naming right sponsors for five years, christening the venue FirstMerit Bank Event Park. The versatility of the Event Park with its optimal sightlines and audio capabilities will provide a new safe and economic place for entertainment in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Box office / business hours at The Dow Event Center for the FirstMerit Bank Event Park

  • Tickets and event information available at The Dow Event Center, 303 Johnson St., Saginaw MI 48607.
  • Box Office Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Open on Saturday and Sunday for events 2 hours before show time
  • All weekend hours subject to change depending on particular event
  • Box Office phone number: (989) 759-1330
  • Online at
  • Ticketmaster Charge by Phone at 1-800-745-3000.
  • For Group Sales call (989) 759-1330 or (989) 759-1323
  • For advance notification of upcoming events, join "The Dow Ticket Talk" E-Newsletter... or for more information call (989)759-1320
  • Method of Payment - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Cash (checks only for group sales made out to The FirstMerit Bank Event Park)

Only tickets to events being held at the The FirstMerit Bank Event Park and The Dow Event Center can be purchased at the Box Office. Tickets to their events can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster Outlet, online, and through Charge by Phone at 1-800-745-3000. The Dow Event Center Box Office is a walk in facility only: no phone ticket sales.


  • Parking charges for events are $10.00 Front Lot of The The Dow Event Center and $5.00 for Ramp and Street Flat Lots.
  • Parking charges for major events will be $15.00 for Front Lot and $10:00 for Ramp and Street Flat Lots.
  • Some events will include parking (mostly catered banquets & festivals) please check your ticket stub or call (989)759-1320
  • Not all parking surrounding the venue is operated by SMG, signage will state The Dow Event Center/FirstMerit Bank Event Park Parking.


The Dow Event Center/FirstMerit Bank Event Park parking ramp is located just across the street from the venue at the corner of Washington Ave and Johnson St. The first floor of the ramp is reserved for handicapped parking. They also offer "VIP" event parking for slightly higher rate, as well as additional handicapped parking in our front lot which is directly in front of the facility. Additional flat lot is located directly across the street from the venue & at the southeast corner of Jefferson Avenue & Johnson Street.

    From the South
  • Take I-75 Northbound to the I-675 Downtown Exit
  • Take this route to the 5th and 6th Avenue Downtown Exit
  • Follow the service road you exit onto to North Washington
  • Turn left and travel to Johnson Street
  • The FirstMerit Bank Event Park is located on the Northwest corner of Franklin and Johnson
  • Parking ramp on your right
    Alternate, From the South
  • Take Northbound M-52 to M-46
  • Turn right [East] and travel to M-13 (Washington Avenue)
  • Turn left [North] and travel to Johnson Street
  • The FirstMerit Bank Event Park is on your left
  • Parking ramp on your left
    From the West
  • Take Eastbound M-46 to M-13 (Washington Avenue in Saginaw)
  • Turn left [North] and travel to Johnson Street
  • The Event Center is on your left
    From the North
  • Take I-75 Southbound to the I-675 Downtown Exit
  • Exit at the Jefferson Street Downtown Exit
  • Take the first right off the exit ramp
  • Take a right onto Johnson Street, the FirstMerit Bank Event Park is on your left
  • Parking ramp on your left
    From the East
  • Take M-46 West to Northbound I-75
  • Exit at the I-675 Downtown Exit and follow the directions above "From the South"
  • Alternate, From the East
  • Take M-81 West: M-81 will become M-13, which is North Washington in Saginaw
  • Travel to Johnson Street
  • The FirstMerit Bank Event Park is on your right

For more information please visit their website.


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