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DECISION '96: TIGERS RECEIVE STRONG SUPPORT ON NEW BALLPARK
Published March 20, 1996
Voters in Detroit yesterday voted a "resounding" yes on allowing the city to use public money for a new ballpark, according to this morning's DETROIT NEWS. Early returns showed Proposal B, a non-binding measure which would allow public funds be spent on a new facility, leading by more than a 2-1 margin. Proposal A, which would have "barred the use of public money for a new stadium," was being rejected by about the same margin. Team and city officials were pleased, and the Tigers could be playing in the new park as early as '98. Voters were asked whether they would permit $40M in Downtown Development Authority bonds to help finance the $240M facility. Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch has pledged $145M, while $55M would come through the quasi-public Michigan Strategic Fund. Voters said they "were swayed by the promises of economic rebirth and a revitalized downtown" (Basheda, Lewis, & Linsalata, DETROIT NEWS, 3/20). WHAT'S NEXT? The opposition Tiger Stadium Fan Club has "one more weapon in their arsenal" -- a lawsuit challenging the $55M grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (Basheda, Lewis, & Linsalata, DETROIT NEWS, 3/20).