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MOTOR CITY STADIUM NEWS: TIGERS GET NEW DIGS; LIONS NEXT?
Published October 30, 1995
The Tigers and Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer agreed Friday on plans to build a new $235M downtown ballpark for the team, according to the DETROIT NEWS. While the City Council must still approve the plan, the project would be funded by a $55M grant from the state Strategic Fund, $40M in Downtown Development Authority bonds, and $145M from Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch. The Tigers would also be responsible for $2M toward the demolition or maintenance of the old Tiger Stadium and any cost overruns. Construction of the open-air, 42,000-seat natural turf ballpark is scheduled to begin in April, with completion targeted for April '98 (Brian Akre, AP/DETROIT NEWS, 10/28). GROWL: The Tigers deal leaves open the possibility of the Lions developing land adjacent to the Tigers site, according to the DETROIT NEWS. Lions VP Bill Keenist: "We consider the possibility of building on that site a real one" (R.J. King, DETROIT NEWS, 10/29). Kathleen Gray writes in the OAKLAND PRESS that the Lions have stated that unless a new lease agreement is negotiated with the Silverdome by January 1, the team will explore other options -- and the deal with the Tigers "may help usher" the Lions downtown. Lions Vice Chair William Clay Ford: "To the extent that it makes a side-by-side stadium possible, it does pave the way for us to have a side-by-side" (OAKLAND PRESS, 10/28).