More football?

Rather than wallow in this season’s patheticity (if that’s not a word, it is now), let’s think back to earlier days of Lion’s woe — when they played at Tiger Stadium. This photo shows the configuration of how football was set up at the ballpark.


Baile Corcaigh Benefit 10/24

Date:       Friday, October 24, 2008
Time:      6:30pm – 9:00pm

: Baile Corcaigh – An Irish Restaurant and Pub
Street:     1426 Bagley – (Trumbull, one block south of Michigan)
City:         Detroit, MI

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15/ea or $25/couple

FOOD: Light snacks provided

BEVERAGES: Available from the bar

ENTERTAINMENT: Ben Hassenger, aka The Baseball Baladeer will perform “The Corner”, “The Voice of Summer”, and other baseball tunes. Performing 7:00pm to 7:45pm

Contact: Rod Nelson
Phone:    313-285-9922

If you’d like to make a night of it, please call ahead for dinner reservations as the dining room fills rapidly. (313-963-4546)

The entertainment upstairs begins at 8:00pm. Blackthorn is an extremely popular and talented Irish group that never fails to provide an enjoyable evening of song and story. Their easy banter and fine music keep their faithful returning.

If you’re unable to attend, but wish to take this opportunity to support the ongoing cause, please visit the website and make an online contribution.  Any gift, large or small is greatly appreciated.

Latest plan: description, elevations, floor plans

OTSC’s updated plan PDF is up on our website. You can download it at

Video: The Corner

Some great footage from the Stadium is featured in Ben Hassenger’s video for “The Corner.” Check it out!

Prognosis: Excellent!

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.

Urgent Message from The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy

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 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.

Fundraiser: Clarkston Fraternal Order of Eagles Oct. 1

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.