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LIONS, TIGERS AND TAILGATERS, OH MY! TEAMS TO SHARE PARKING

          The Tigers and Lions have worked out a deal to "share
     parking spaces and revenues for their future side-by-side
     downtown stadiums," according to Patricia Montemurri of the
     DETROIT FREE PRESS.  The deal will enable Lions fans to use
     the Fox Theatre parking structure, which is controlled by
     Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch, with parking fees going to the
     Lions.  In addition, a northwest chunk of downtown Detroit
     "can be open to other development, now that the teams aren't
     targeting that area for one big parking lot."  The two teams
     "had quarreled" over how much downtown land should be used
     for parking, but in the new deal, the Tigers will buy 12
     vacant parcels and the city-owned GAR building for $1.6M. 
     The team will then "landscape" parking lots of 1,000-1,200
     spaces on the parcels, to be managed by Ilitch-owned Olympia
     Entertainment.  The GAR building will be renovated for
     commercial use.  The Tigers will control the lots, except on
     football game days and "other Lions stadium events," when
     the Lions will get "all parking revenues."  All told, the
     teams will have control of "about" 5,500 spaces for game
     days (Patricia Montemurri, DETROIT FREE PRESS, 4/28). 

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