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LIONS, TIGERS AND TAILGATERS, OH MY! TEAMS TO SHARE PARKING
Published April 28, 1998
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).