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    Default What does old Tiger Stadium site look like now?

    How does the old Tiger Stadium site look like now? I live in Virginia so its not like I can just drive there to see for myself.

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    Looks like a field of grass and dirt, surrounded by a cyclone fence.

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    When the weather is warmer, at all times of the day you may find families wandering about...and occasionally an impromptu pickup game on the old diamond.

    There is a contingent of folk who have maintained the field...much to the chagrin of a few police officers who seem to need to clamp down on the potential for fun.


    It is a huge field of dreams, dashed by a corrupt administration's rush for profit from scrapped metals and kickbacks. Many will not let it fade away into mere memory.

    I considered the stadium the other day, and while saddened by its loss...immediately I remembered that one fellow holding his infant while leading a toddler around...pointing to things that used to be. Later on, I saw them tossing a baseball around the infield. That memory dampens the sadness...washes it away, ever so bittersweetly.
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    Default Ernie Harwell Park

    I took these in the fall:
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    The "authorities" cut the cable on the flag pole in center field, so no one could raise a flag on it, as someone did opening day 2010. I imagine that, come hell or high water, the stars & stripes will fly there again, opening day 2011.

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    That site looks like a lot like the rest of the city...abandoned.

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    Looks like it might be a great spot to sell hay.

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    I also have a few photos from last month here as well as a before-and-after of the site of the Olympia.
    Last edited by HV-Rob; December-19-10 at 04:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamtragedy View Post
    The "authorities" cut the cable on the flag pole in center field, so no one could raise a flag on it, as someone did opening day 2010. I imagine that, come hell or high water, the stars & stripes will fly there again, opening day 2011.
    I was at the MGM Grand Casino last night at 4:30 AM last night, and I could clearly see the Flag at Tiger Stadium flying high all lit up from the parking structure.

    FYI, the cable to raise the flag was replaced back at the end of September and ever since then, there has been a 20x30 flag flying there ever since and its even lit at night.

    Unless someone cut the cable between 4:30AM and 5PM today it should still be flying.
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    Here is a picture from 2 days ago...
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    Here is the picture from night...
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    That part is a beautiful sight to see!!!

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    Why is the site fenced? Has anyone in power ever explained?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carey View Post
    Why is the site fenced? Has anyone in power ever explained?
    To keep us from stealing the historic dirt from the infield!

    The gate is actually open, but there is an issue with people taking dirt from pitchers mound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLAUDE G View Post
    To keep us from stealing the historic dirt from the infield!

    The gate is actually open, but there is an issue with people taking dirt from pitchers mound.
    People are stealing dirt? Seriously?! That has got to be a new low, even for the scrappers.

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    Just one more big, empty field. The City of Detroit just couldn't keep their hands off of Tiger Stadium. Another glaring example of the city's endemic habit of self- abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrushStart View Post
    People are stealing dirt? Seriously?! That has got to be a new low, even for the scrappers.
    Im serious!

    I was over there just about every weekend last summer helping fix up the grounds, and there was never any dirt on the pitchers mound.

    People would literally come there to visit, and scoop up a hand full of dirt and take it home in a cup or a little plastic baggie.

    We would put down a bag of fresh clay one week, and it would be completely gone the next week. The people out there who think they got authentic dirt, have no idea that the 100 year old historic dirt they thought they where scooping up was just put down the week before.

    It got so bad, we where thinking of putting up a sign asking people not to steal it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carey View Post
    Why is the site fenced? Has anyone in power ever explained?

    Isn't that the same fence that they put up during demolition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrushStart View Post
    People are stealing dirt? Seriously?! That has got to be a new low, even for the scrappers.
    For sentiment sake, who wouldn't want to scoop up some dirt that they think Jack Morris, Mark Fidrych, Mickey Lolich, or some other MLB pitcher once stood on? It's a touching thought but little do they realize that most of that dirt is removed, replaced, and re-sculpted after every season.

    It's a touching tribute to a place that held so many good memories for people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetroitDad View Post



    Isn't that the same fence that they put up during demolition?
    No, there was actually 3 fences installed during the demolition.

    Keep in mind that the Stadium went right up to the sidewalk, so the very first fence they installed was a temporary fence that was bolted in the middle of the sidewalk. In addition they also completely fenced off Cochran Ave between the Freeway and Michigan Ave as a place to park the demolition equipment.

    After they completed the partial demolition in October 2008 on Trumbull ave, the temporary fence was removed from the middle of the sidewalk and another temporary fence was installed at the edge of the sidewalk.

    When the final demolition was completed in October 2009, a 3rd and final fence was installed about 2 feet behind the temporary fence and Cochran ave was open again like it is today.

    The only fence they did not touch was the chainlink fence on the freeway side where the old players parking lot used to be, and the Iron gates along Michigan Ave.

    If you look at the photo above, that is the fence on the Freeway, which is the origional fence that was installed around 1992 when Illitch built the food court and moved the players parking lot to the back of the building.

    The city paid to fence in the place 3 times, what a waste of money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carey View Post
    Why is the site fenced? Has anyone in power ever explained?
    It remains fenced for the usual chickenshit liability laws that pervade society - "It's private property and if someone hurts themselves they could sue" - this is because a field of grass with a flagpole is SUCH a deathtrap (?).

    Like countless others, I saw my first major league game there. The memory of emerging from the darkness of the stands and looking out onto that green, sunlit grass is something I'll carry with me forever.

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    I'm glad that they have slowed down on redeveloping the lot. I know they said they were in a huge rush to tear down Tiger Stadium because they NEEDED, HAD TO HAVE, that lot for pending development...but it seems that the current vacant lot attracts a lot of people and gives visitors a reason to get off the freeway in Detroit.

    I know personally that I am looking forward to visiting the site soon.

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    I couldn't agree with you more Blackmath. That walk on the catwalks to the upper decks where you could see the bright green field emerge beneath you, the pop of the catcher's mitt in the bullpen, and then as you crested the ramp, the infield, the grass.....yep. You knew exactly where you were.

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