** 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)
DETROIT (AP) -- Wrecking crews began demolishing Tiger Stadium nearly three weeks ago, but a U.S. Senate subcommittee has approved a $4 million earmark to preserve a portion of the historic ballpark.
Sen. Carl Levin's office says the money will redevelop part of the stadium as a park. Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow requested the earmark, which the Senate Appropriations Committee approved as part of a $13.5 million funding package the two Michigan Democrats sought for transportation and community development projects across the state.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press say the full Senate still must approve the spending bill.
The nonprofit Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy has until Aug. 1 to raise money to save part of the stadium. The playing field will remain intact after demolition is complete.