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Tiger Stadium to be Demolished

In a decision by the mayor of Detroit, Tiger Stadium will get the wrecking ball by this Fall. This decision and future action is bittersweet, of course, as the stadium has so much history within it. However, something had to be done to a decaying building residing in the middle of the city:

After years of debate and false hopes, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has decided to raze Tiger Stadium, the historic but decaying home of Ty Cobb, Hank Greenberg and the 1984 World Series champion Tigers.

In its place, Kilpatrick envisions a ring of retail shops and residential housing surrounding the historic playing field, which will be preserved as a nonprofit park and ball diamond.

Under the plan, the playing field would be used for Little League games, concerts and other community events. The dugouts and a few other parts of the stadium would be saved.

The plan envisions saving a small part of the stadium near the corner of Michigan and Cochrane, which would be redesigned as a community welcome center displaying photographs and memorabilia of the Tigers.