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Detroit rejects plan for youth baseball at former Tiger Stadium site

Tiger Stadium during demolition
Kevin Ward
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Tiger Stadium during demolition
The city of Detroit has again put a damper on plans to keep baseball at the site of the former Tiger Stadium.
Chevrolet had proposed a plan what it calls the “hallowed” site to create a “new ballpark for Detroit’s youth.”
Chevy said it had support from the Detroit Tigers, and a non-profit group called the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy.
But the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation quashed the proposal. DEGC head George Jackson says it just wasn’t a good idea.
“We certainly want the highest and best use for that site. Which unfortunately is not a Little League baseball field.” It’s a site that has freeway access, class A roads…we don’t have very many ready-to-build-on sites like that in the city of Detroit. We’ve had some recent successes with retailers, and retailers are taking a much serious look in Detroit than they have in the past.”

The Tiger Stadium site has stood vacant since the stadium was demolished in 2009.


Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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