CASH PROBLEMS MAY PUT AN END TO NEW TIGER STADIUM PLANS
Tigers President John McHale says the issues of "financing,
financing, and financing" loom large in the future of a new Tiger
Stadium. Valarie Basheda of the DETROIT NEWS reports that McHale
says that even if the state helps in the stadium effort, he
"isn't sure" how the team can get the financing together. Last
year, the Tigers lost $20M during the strike. As a result,
Tigers Owner Mike Ilitch says he cannot offer the full $175M he
originally promised to the effort. This, in addition to the
team's "dwindling" profits and state lawmakers' unwillingness to
commit tax money to "help out," have caused club officials to
scale back plans for a $400M stadium to $200M-$250M. McHale:
"There are a lot of big, tough issues to solve. I just can't sit
here today and say I'm x-percent sure we can get it together"
(DETROIT NEWS, 5/22).