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DoItForDanPasqua
08-15-2008, 08:40 PM
The destruction of Tiger Stadium has started, but a group called The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy has a plan to save a good portion of it. Now they need money.

The plan is to save the field and most of the structure between the dugouts. It would be used as field for youth and amateur baseball, as well as a museum and whatever else might bring in some cash.

I think ballparks are an important part of our history and should not be just thrown away. I would love it if part of Comiskey Park was preserved this way, but at least here's a chance to save another great, historical ballpark.


http://savetigerstadium.org/index.htm

2906
08-15-2008, 08:46 PM
They have been grappling with this for a few years now. Ernie Harwell was serving as the point man for the Save Tiger Stadium group. The city is in disarray which complicates things.

I agree they should try to save part of it. The problem is, there's no definitive plan for the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, so no one knows who'd be responsible for any upkeep on a partial stadium.

What a mess.

DoItForDanPasqua
08-15-2008, 08:49 PM
They have been grappling with this for a few years now. Ernie Harwell was serving as the point man for the Save Tiger Stadium group. The city is in disarray which complicates things.

I agree they should try to save part of it. The problem is, there's no definitive plan for the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, so no one knows who'd be responsible for any upkeep on a partial stadium.

What a mess.

It appears that they do finally have a plan in place.

http://savetigerstadium.org/the_plan.htm

2906
08-15-2008, 09:00 PM
It appears that they do finally have a plan in place.

http://savetigerstadium.org/the_plan.htm

Thanks for sharing that.

It's more of a plan than anyone has had in 9 years but there are still a ton of unanswered questions. They don't have a commitment from any businesses for the site, nor do they have adequate funding for some of their proposals like a museum, banquet hall, office space, etc.

One thing they're right about is the reemergence of Corktown. Nemo's survived and is thriving, and it is truly one of the best sports bars in the country (with great burgers by the way). Slows BBQ has been a great success story. Houses are being restored and renovated, and the access to the business district is appealing for those who work downtown.

It will take a lot of things to fall into line to make this project work. It's an admirable effort by this group, let's hope it comes together. It would be a refreshing change of pace to see part of history saved instead of bulldozed.

I_Liked_Manuel
08-16-2008, 12:39 PM
There have been dozens of plans thrown out to save Tiger Stadium over the last 5 years or so, but the common denominator is that none of them have the funding to carry it out.