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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:40 am

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I see the old stadium still any time anything about Ty Cobb comes on during MLB network programming...

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:04 pm

More wasted taxpayer money! rant


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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:13 pm

seems to be the trend!
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:28 pm

You got that right
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:29 pm

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More wasted taxpayer money! rant


Nothing compared to all the taxpayer money that will be wasted the next 8 years
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:06 pm

02/26/09 8:29 PM EST
Tiger Stadium earmark passes House
Senate expected to consider the spending plan next week

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy cleared one hurdle towards getting a Federal earmark for its plan to preserve and redevelop what's left of the old ballpark. Now a U.S. Senate vote and a Detroit city deadline await.

The House of Representatives has approved a spending bill that includes $3.8 million in funding for the project, viewed as historic preservation. Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin, a supporter of the conservancy's plan, included the earmark in the bill.

The Senate is expected to consider the $410 billion Federal omnibus appropriations bill next week.

"We are hopeful and guardedly optimistic that it will pass the Senate," conservancy board member Gary Gillette said Thursday evening. "If we get the earmark, we think this is going to trigger a series of positive events."

The conservancy has been counting on the earmark as part of its plan to fund the project. Estimated have tabbed the cost as high as $27 million. The conservancy faces a March 1 deadline to present details on how to fund the project to the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, a private-public partnership between area business leaders and the Detroit City Council.

Additional money is expected to come through tax credits and grants, including state historic tax credits that are tied to the earmark, as well as possible stimulus funding through the state. The conservancy has also done fundraising efforts since being granted non-profit status last year.

The DEGC has already reviewed and approved the designs of the redevelopment, which would preserve the playing field and lower-deck seating of the stadium between the dugouts while creating commercial and retail space along the concourses as well as a historic exhibit. If they approve of the financing plan, no further vote from Detroit City Council is necessary, and the project can proceed.

Originally called Briggs Stadium, the ballpark served as the home of the Detroit Tigers from 1912 through 1999, after which the team moved into Comerica Park. It also hosted the NFL's Detroit Lions until 1974. The stadium remained vacant after the Tigers moved out, while the city and various groups debated on what to do with the facility.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:02 am

Are there any current pics on the Freep, say, within the last 2 months? I tried to find some but everyone here may know of some other site to find them....
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:40 am



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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:43 am

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:47 am

Tiger Stadium Demolition - November 12, 2008



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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:56 am

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:13 pm

As much as I would like to see the rest of Tiger Stadium saved; I rather see it done with private funds instead of taxpayer money


We need Ron Paul in the White House


Obama and company on a spending spree
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:19 pm

Tear it down and build a parking lot, already!


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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:05 pm

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Tear it down and build a parking lot, already!


It already half torn down

And it only took nine years to do it
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:43 pm

What are they gonna do with a half torn down stadium?
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:44 pm

It is sad to see it half torn down


The bleachers and outfield seats are all gone


I sat in those areas for so many games
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:45 pm

I say keep it vacant for another 25-30 years and build Comerica Park's replacment on the site
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:47 pm

03/02/09 8:58 PM EST
Tiger Stadium funding plan submitted
Move one of final steps toward preserving and redeveloping park

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Members of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy submitted their funding plan to Detroit's Economic Development Committee on Monday, one of the final steps toward moving ahead on their project to preserve and redevelop Tiger Stadium.

The plan was due on or around the beginning of March, as stated by the agreement they reached with the city to stop demolition of the ballpark last year. Monday was the first business day of the month, and it featured the release of the non-profit group's plan to pay for their project.

The plan includes the $3.8 million earmark the conservancy hopes to receive from a federal omnibus budget bill currently awaiting consideration from the U.S. Senate after the House of Representatives approved the bill last week. The group also hopes to receive an allocation of federal stimulus funds, having been identified as a preferred project by the State of Michigan through Governor Jennifer Granholm's office. The project is also in line for Michigan historic and business tax credits.

In addition, the document mentions that conservancy members have met with representatives of the Tigers and the Detroit Tigers Foundation as part of an effort to work with Major League Baseball on potential youth programs on the site. MLB set up the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program, and helps deliver grants through the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

The DEDC has already reviewed and approved the designs of the redevelopment, which would preserve the playing field and lower-deck seating of the stadium between the dugouts while creating commercial and retail space along the concourses as well as a historic exhibit. If they approve of the financing plan, no further vote from Detroit City Council is necessary, and the project can proceed.

Originally called Briggs Stadium, the ballpark served as the home of the Tigers from 1912 through 1999, after which the team moved into Comerica Park. It also hosted the NFL's Detroit Lions until 1974. The stadium remained vacant after the Tigers moved out while the city and various groups debated on what to do with the facility.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:11 pm

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I say keep it vacant for another 25-30 years and build Comerica Park's replacment on the site
applaud might actually help that area of town!
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:38 am

From the 1961 Tigers Media guide, page 3:



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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:31 pm

I miss regular doubleheaders


Beats that day- night bullshit they have now
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:27 am

Last piece of Tiger Stadium to come down
City board votes to tear down remaining section

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06/02/09 2:07 PM ET

DETROIT -- What remains of Tiger Stadium is back in the path of a wrecking ball and could be demolished as soon as this month after a Detroit city commission voted to finish tearing down the historic ballpark.

Detroit's Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which has worked with the city council to determine what to do with the stadium, voted on Tuesday to finish the demolition project and amend its previous contract to dismantle and recycle the scrap pieces of the structure. In so doing, the EDC rejected the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy's plan to restore what was left of the stadium and turn it into a museum and playing field.

Demolition could begin in the next two weeks, according to the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).

Demolition began last summer, and the stadium was to have been completely torn down until the conservancy won Detroit City Council approval to keep part of it standing and allow time to come up with a plan to preserve it. What remains of the ballpark runs from dugout to dugout.

The conservancy hoped to renovate the lower deck and part of the upper deck into a historic exhibit, along with commercial space and special-event facilities. Once a deposit was submitted for buying the ballpark and paying for security at the location, a project plan and budget were submitted to the DEGC and given preliminary approval.

The dispute since then has been on financing a project estimated to cost as much as $27 million. The conservancy submitted a plan on March 1 that included a $3.8 million federal budget earmark, plus federal and state tax credits and private donations, such as from the Kresge Foundation in suburban Detroit. Since then the conservancy has been trying to secure financial commitments and get other organizations involved, including the Tigers.

"We have extended deadlines for the conservancy to meet its commitments several times, yet the group is still far short of its targets," said Waymon Guillebreaux, executive vice president for the DEGC in charge of project management and contract monitoring. "Meanwhile, security costs are continuing, and demolition costs are rising again. We simply can't afford to keep waiting when it is clear that the conservancy's concept is not financially viable, nor will it be in the immediate future."

Gary Gillette, a board member of the conservancy, disagreed.

"This action by the DEGC/EDC is completely unwarranted," Gillette said. "It is unnecessary. It is short-sighted, and it's foolish. While we have not met all of the goals that we originally talked about in our [memorandum of understanding] with them, we are making substantial progress, including anticipating receiving the $3.8 million federal earmark that has been approved, including receiving funding and support from the Kresge Foundation and including receiving approval from the state Historic Preservation Board for the amended listing to stay as a state historic site even with the partial demolition.

"For the city of Detroit -- in the midst of the worst economic recession since World War II, and the day after GM filed for bankruptcy -- to potentially forgo $20-plus million of development in Corktown at a cost of zero dollars to the city -- since the city is not paying for maintenance and security, and since the money would come from state and federal tax credits, the federal earmark, and other sources -- is literally crazy."

Originally called Briggs Stadium, Tiger Stadium served as the home of the Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1999, when the team moved into Comerica Park. It also hosted the NFL's Detroit Lions until 1974. It remained largely vacant after the Tigers moved to Comerica Park in 2000 while the city and various groups debated on what to do with the facility.

Only in the past year or so has the debate taken steps toward a conclusion. Tuesday's vote could well have determined it once and for all.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:42 am

Tiger Stadium demolition halted
Restraining order keeps remains of building temporarily up

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06/06/09 12:40 AM ET

What remains of Tiger Stadium was down to its last swings of demolition, but a temporary restraining order was handed down Friday to halt the final stages of knocking it down, at least for now.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Isidore Torres issued the order, which was requested by the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, a nonprofit group.

Most of the park was leveled last year, and Detroit's Economic Development Corp. board on Tuesday voted 7-1 to demolish the remaining section of the stadium still standing, rejecting the conservancy's $33.4 million plan to redevelop the site because of a lack of funding.

A hearing on the order will be held Monday before Wayne County Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards.

With a small crowd of onlookers nearby, excavating equipment began demolishing part of the stands that remain on the third-base line shortly before 4 p.m. ET Friday. Some were headed to Comerica Park for the Tigers-Angels game, and some were just there with a sense of nostalgia.

"There's not too many places downtown that are great memories," fan Kathy D'Angelo told the Associated Press, adding, "for those of us in the 50s and 60s, this was primetime."

However, the demolition didn't last long, and the stadium remains standing this weekend following the injunction. Work was stopped about 40 minutes after it began, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Tiger Stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field. The Tigers departed for nearby Comerica Park after the 1999 season.

When most of the rundown park was razed last year, remaining standing was a section stretching from dugout to dugout to allow the nonprofit group's attempt to raise money to redevelop the remaining structure.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:38 pm

I don't even think the good Lord Himself could now
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:12 am

Crying or Very sad


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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:42 am

Demolition of Tiger Stadium resumes
Detroit judge lifts conservancy's temporary injunction

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06/08/09 5:05 PM ET

The fate of Tiger Stadium now is sealed. The effort to preserve it has run out of options.

"We're dead," said baseball author Gary Gillette, a board member of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy.

With Monday's decision by Wayne County Circuit Judge Prentis Edwards to lift a temporary injunction, demolition of the ballpark resumed Monday. The crew began tearing down parts of the upper deck behind third base soon after the ruling, and it appears the rest of what remains between the dugouts won't be far off.

Waymon Gillebreaux, executive vice president for project management for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, said in a statement Monday afternoon that the city expects to have the site cleared in 60-90 days.

"We are gratified Judge Prentis Edwards confirmed the Economic Development Corporation's determination that, while the plan to preserve a portion of Tiger Stadium may have been desirable, it simply did not have the financial support it needed to proceed," Gillebreaux said.

The EDC, acting for the city of Detroit, voted last Tuesday to resume demolition, which began last summer but halted when the Detroit City Council granted the conservancy a chance to come up with a redevelopment plan for what was left of the park. Tuesday's vote essentially rejected the conservancy's plan, which would have preserved the playing field and converted the lower deck and part of the upper deck into a historic exhibit along with commercial space and event facilities.

Demolition briefly resumed last Friday until the conservancy won the temporary injunction to halt the process over the weekend. Judge Edwards' ruling sided with the DEGC's contention that the conservancy does not have the funding to move forward with the project, which has been estimated at $29 million.

The conservancy submitted a plan March 1 that included a $3.8 million federal budget earmark, plus federal and state tax credits and private donations, such as from the Kresge Foundation in suburban Detroit. Since then, the conservancy had been trying to secure financial commitments and get other organizations involved, including the Tigers.

"I say the same thing I did before the [judge's] decision: It was completely unwarranted and unnecessary," Gillette said.

At this point in the process, however, it appears to be the final decision. Though the conservancy could have appealed the ruling, demolition would go on, which Gillette said would've done enough damage to make preservation difficult at best.

The conservancy tried to appeal to the city council and new mayor Dave Bing, but without success.

Originally called Briggs Stadium, Tiger Stadium served as the home of the Detroit Tigers from 1912-99. It also hosted the NFL's Detroit Lions until 1974. It remained largely vacant after the Tigers moved to Comerica Park in 2000, while the city and various groups debated on what to do with the facility.

Only in the past year or so has the debate taken concrete steps towards a conclusion. The conservancy, for its part, has worked for the past few years to come up with a plan and then put it into action.

"We recognize the passion of members of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy," Gillebreaux's statement said, "but that does not change the fact that they did not have the funds to complete the project, nor did they have the prospect of doing so."

Gillette called the decision short-sighted and countered that the conservancy was prepared to pay for security and for costs for an extension. He said the DEGC had not approached them with any alternative projects for the site.

"It's the kind of thing that gives the city of Detroit an incredibly bad reputation in the eyes of the media and in the eyes of people around the world," Gillette said.

Gillebreaux said in his statement that the EDC was not allowed to discuss alternatives for the site with potential developers while it was under its agreement with the conservancy.

"That contract has been terminated, and the Economic Development Corporation may now begin the process of reviewing other development proposals for the property," Gillebreaux said.

What kind of marker, if any, the site will have to denote what once stood there remains to be seen. The conservancy is unlikely to be involved in that process.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:29 am

like I said, even God Himself cannot win against the stupid city govt of Detroit
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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:31 am

Frown That's sad. They should have turned it into a Detroit Tigers museum.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiger Stadium News   Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:57 pm

Ilitch is behind this shit too


He never wanted to see Tiger Stadium saved in any capacity

That greedy bastard wants all the money he can get from people

Remember that tonight when you see that wrinkled bastard holding the Stanley Cup.

People love that moron so much because of the Red Wings; But he is too blame as much as the city of Detroit is for the destruction of Tiger Stadium;

Ilitch is a greedy SOB and I say let him build his own hockey arena

Why should taxpayers pay for an arena that most people won't be able to afford tickets to anyway?
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