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Play Ball! Old Tigers Stadium Site Transformed Into Youth Sports Facility

March 24, 2018 - 7:47 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - It's been nearly two decades, but this afternoon the words "play ball" will be hollered out at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull in Detroit.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday for the new $20 million Corner Ballpark where the old Tiger Stadium once stood, followed by a triple header in the afternoon.

The Detroit Police Athletic League, which serves more than 14,000 boys and girls, will use the field for games. CEO Tim Richey says he's excited to bring the stadium back to life and help the kids.

"Kids really enjoy playing with PAL because we certify our coaches, we make sure that it's about developing character in kids, and really are thoughtful about giving kids lessons they need to be successful in life," he said. 

Mike Tenbusch, Detroit PAL board member, says the ballpark will provide an opportunity for thousands of kids.
"You know, the Tigers have such a rich history but I remember being a kid and my black friends didn't feel comfortable coming down to Tigers Stadium with me. They just didn't," he said. "And here we are 30 years later and kids of all colors are going to be playing baseball down here every day. It's an amazing thing.

Mayor Duggan and Police Chief James Craig are expected at the ribbon cutting. A youth game followed by two high school baseball games are also scheduled this afternoon.

The Corner Ballpark is also hosting “Corktown Day,“ from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday. The day will showcase food from several Corktown restaurants.