Tiger Stadium Plan Takes Shape
By Margaret Foster | Online Only | Mar. 3, 2009
Much of Tiger Stadium is gone, but a Detroit nonprofit has unveiled a $27 million plan to redevelop the remaining corner of the 1912 ballpark as a playing field, event facility, and offices.
On Monday the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy delivered a 65-page plan for the site to the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., meeting a Mar. 1 deadline imposed by the city. The corporation will decide on Mar. 15 to approve or reject the proposal.
"We've provided the information to the city to allow us to go forward," says Tom Linn, president of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy. "Most preservationists think this is a great thing to do … a lot of young people in Detroit think this is a great idea, too."
The plan may get a boost from a $3.8 million federal earmark to redevelop the stadium site, sponsored by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. The earmark was part of the omnibus spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last week, and expected to pass the Senate this week.
The Conservancy wants to return Tiger's historic dugouts and locker rooms to their 1923 appearance. The group also envisions a banquet hall, sports bar, and sports memorabilia store.
Even with the federal earmark and potential tax credits, the project still needs about $5 million, says Kathy Wendler, president of the Southwest Detroit Business Association. "Considering that the total cost for construction is $27 million, being $5 million short is not bad," Wendler says.
The National Trust named Tiger Stadium to its list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 1991 and 1992. For more information, visit
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