Tiger Stadium Demolition Delayed

** 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) -- The Detroit City Council has delayed voting on a plan setting deadlines for preservationists seeking to save part of historic Tiger Stadium.
Detroit's Economic Development Corp. approved a new plan for the stadium this week. A council vote scheduled for Friday was delayed until the plan's final details are worked out.
Under the tentative deal, preservationists have until Nov. 1 to present plans and budgets for converting part of the stadium into a sports museum.
Funds for that project, estimated at $15.6 million, must be raised by March 1.
The stadium will be completely razed if fundraising falls short. The Ernie Harwell Foundation will have the option of building a museum on the site.
The ballpark opened in 1912 and closed in 1999. Demolition began in June.



 
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