OTSC’s updated plan PDF is up on our website. You can download it at SaveTigerStadium.org/the_plan.
Some great footage from the Stadium is featured in Ben Hassenger’s video for “The Corner.” Check it out!
Due to some last-minute heroic donors, it actually looks like we’ve pulled off raising $219,000 to meet our first fiscal obligation to the city. More details to come, but for now, many thanks to our supporters through this long and arduous road to saving an important part of baseball and Detroit history.
The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation have reached agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding that will ultimately transfer title to the stadium to the Conservancy and grant a long-term lease of the playing field. We want our supporters to know that we are encouraged by this development and are continuing to pursue our goals of preserving and redeveloping the historic Navin Field grandstand and upper deck, restoring the playing grounds as a first-class youth baseball facility and revitalizing Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
The Detroit City Council voted Tuesday to reject the DEGC’s recommendation for complete demolition, allowing our group a brief extension Through the generosity of hundreds of Tiger Stadium supporters, we have raised approximately $170,000 to date. However, we still need to raise another $50,000 to provide for six months of onsite security while we put our long-term financing in place. Our $15M project plan expects to receive $4 million via a federal earmark and more than $6 million in historic preservation and economic stimulus tax credits.
The Conservancy is fighting hard to save historic Tiger Stadium, but we need your help. We’re asking supporters to visit our Web site at www.savetigerstadium.org and donate whatever they can afford this week.
Note that, as stated on our Web site, donations will not be refunded in the event that the Conservancy’s plan does not receive approval by the City of Detroit. The Conservancy expects to utilize all donations in the fight to save Tiger Stadium, and any unspent donations will be directed to a non-profit organization that is harmonious with the OTSC’s mission.
The Conservancy is a registered Michigan non-profit corporation and has been accorded 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service. Therefore, all donations made to the OTSC, including those made earlier in 2008, are eligible to be deducted as a charitable contribution on your 2008 tax returns.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation in support of Tiger Stadium.
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Next in the series of fundraisers for OTSC is in Clarkston, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Join us on Wednesday, October 1 at 6 p.m. Suggested donation is $30 a head or $50 a couple.
Entertainment will be provided by The Shy of Detroit, performing their YouTube hit “Tribute to Tiger Stadium” as well as Ben Hassenger, aka The Baseball Baladeer of Lansing, singing The Corner & The Voice of Summer.
A map to the facility can be found here.
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Now that the City of Detroit has completed the demolition phase of the project, leaving intact the 1912/23 historic Navin Field portion of Tiger Stadium (approximately Tiger Stadium from first to third base), the The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy seeks public support to provide for the security of the site and other pre-development costs. We now need $69,000 required by the City to provide for security and maintenance of the remaining structure and field. We are also currently seeking other funds from select donors and foundations for predevelopment expenses necessary to satisfy the requirements of the City of Detroit and to move forward with with the planning of the project. We are required to make deposits of about $200,000 with the City in the next couple of weeks in order to continue with the project.
Long term funding for the $15M project is ongoing, with $4M in a federal earmark likely available. Additionally, $6M in various tax credits are also likely available for the project and we are pursuing area philanthropic sources. Senator Carl Levin, a strong supporter of our efforts, has been instrumental in obtaining the earmark and has supported this effort in numerous other ways.
If successful, current plans will restore the oldest portion of the Stadium and preserve the historic playing field for use by the public and the youth of Michigan for generations to come. Preservation of the Navin Field configuration will include the original grandstand built in 1912 and the upper deck added in 1923, plus the dugouts, clubhouses and broadcast booth. Current plans call for a variety of uses, such as a baseball heritage center, catering, restaurant and other commercial uses and first-class amateur baseball facility with seating for several thousand.
WE NEED YOUR IMMEDIATE SUPPORT OF THIS EFFORT! Please contribute at savetigerstadium.org or send your check to Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, P.O. Box 141193, Detroit, Michigan 48214. Contributions to the Conservancy are tax-deductible. If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-784-9306.
Thank you for your support in our efforts to preserve and redevelop this historic baseball site that has been so important to Detroiters for generations.
The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy
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