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MCHALE UPBEAT ABOUT STADIUM; RUMORS OF A FORD TAKEOVER
Published May 29, 1996
Tigers President John McHale said he "is optimistic" that legal challenges from the Tiger Stadium Fan Club will be overcome and that construction on the new Stadium will begin in December, according to Joseph Serwach of CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS. McHale said, while the stadium could be completed within two years after ground breaking, it "will probably take 30 months" in order to avoid mistakes. In a separate piece, Matt Roush reports that Denise Ilitch Lites, daughter of Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch and president of Olympia Development Inc., will return to Detroit to help attract business and entertainment opportunities to the new stadium area. Ilitch Lites said she will hire at least one senior staff member and a support staff soon but that her company will not be involved directly in land acquisition for the stadium itself, which is being handled by the city (CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 5/20). RUMOR-DU-JOUR: The DETROIT NEWS' Joe Falls reports that "the rumor bouncing around" is that Ilitch lacks the funds to build the new ballpark and that Edsel Ford will buy the Tigers and share a downtown stadium with Bill Ford's Lions. McHale: "We've had continuing talks with the Lions, but there is nothing to it right now. And we do have the money to build our own stadium" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/26).