Tiger Stadium Demolition Debated at Detroit City Council

** FILE** An Aug. 2, 2007, file photo shows Tiger Stadium in Detroit. With the awarding of a demolition contract Tuesday, April 22, 2008, by the City of Detroit, the debate over old Tiger Stadium is shifting to whether to knock down all of the historic ballpark or to save a corner of it. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's Economic Development Corp. has voted to recommend that Tiger Stadium be completely demolished if enough money can't be raised to save a portion of it.
An Aug. 1 deadline has been set for a nonprofit group to raise funds to save part of the stadium. That's also when the city must tell the two companies contracted to demolish the ballpark whether any sections are to be saved.
Tuesday's vote was taken to give the city council enough time to make a final decision on the issue. The council is expected to be on summer recess from the end of July until Aug. 8.
A spokesman for the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy says the vote is "premature" and "unjustified."
The ballpark opened as Navin Field in 1912, and closed in 1999. Demolition began last month.

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