** 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) -- Part of Tiger Stadium has been saved from the wrecking ball -- for now at least.
A portion of the old ballpark will remain standing until at least next spring after a tentative deal was reached to stave off complete demolition.
A nonprofit organization that works with the city on economic issues and the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy reached the agreement.
A more detailed framework of financing and deadlines for the preservation effort is expected to be presented to the city council next month for approval.
The plan calls for part of the stadium between first base and third base to be retained and turned into a sports museum. The field will also be saved.
The preservation group has until March to raise about 15.6 million dollars for the renovation project.
Demolition of the ballpark started last month. The former home of the Detroit Tigers and the NFL's Detroit Lions opened in 1912.