Demolishing Tiger Stadium "is a Mistake"

Posted on: June 9th, 2009 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 1 Comment

Statement from Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The remaining portion of Tiger Stadium. (Photo by Marvin Shaouni)

The remaining portion of Tiger Stadium. (Photo by Marvin Shaouni)

With General Motors and Chrysler in bankruptcy and the Michigan economy in tatters, Detroit residents are looking for some good news. Unfortunately, city leaders refused to extend fundraising deadlines for the redevelopment of Tiger Stadium, so the beloved old ballpark-yet another emblem of Detroit's storied past-entered its final inning this morning. Unless the city council or the mayor intervenes, Tiger Stadium will be gone by the end of the week.

Demolishing the stadium is a mistake. Even in its diminished, partly demolished state, the stadium served as a defining feature of the historic Corktown neighborhood-a reminder of better days, but also a cornerstone for future revitalization of the community. Redevelopment of this iconic historic place for, among other things, youth baseball leagues, could transform it back into the thriving center of community activity that it once was. Now, city leaders have chosen a course that will in all likelihood lead to yet another empty lot in Detroit-the last thing the city needs.

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One Response

  1. Tom Feeney Jr.

    July 28, 2009

    I was there over the weekend and saw the remains of Tiger Stadium. It brought tears to my eyes, I was remembering all the good times I had with my father, and friends. Watching history in the making! 1984 what a great year. 35-5 too yearly to jive, now it’s September and a time to remember! WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!! I can not believe the city of Detroit is gonna let the rest of what remains go away. There is a lot of history that has been made there, and I can say that I was one of them that got to witness it. I would love to see what would happen to Joe Louis Arena, after all the history that has been made there, and God knows theres a ton, I highly doubt the city would demolish that like they are doing to Tiger Stadium. Long live the Tigers and the city of Detroit!!! I Love You. BLESS YOU BOYS!