Fans Credit Lugnuts for Helping to Revitalize Downtown Lansing

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On Thursday, more than 12,000 people showed up to watch the Michigan State baseball team take on the Lansing Lugnuts in the sixth annual Crosstown Showdown.

Many fans at the game agreed that downtown Lansing has been revitalized over the past few years and they say the Lugnuts should take some credit.

"Everybody in Lansing needs a place to go. I love the whole area around here now, they've got apartments across the street, they've got bars, facilities, places to go after the game," said David Bartlett, a resident in Lansing.

Lugnuts' General Manager Patrick Day says the team has received enormous support from the region, but it didn't start out like that 17 years ago.

"If you think about it, 17 years ago people doubted that making a minor league baseball park was a smart thing. The way I look at it is this can be an anchor for any downtown in any city," Day said.

Day says he believes the Lugnuts' effect on Lansing's downtown is already visible.

"17 years ago, there were porn shops and strip shops down here and now you're starting to see it be a vibrant downtown. I know we've drawn over five million people in 17 years.

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