Wayne County, Mich., officials have rejected all plans for renovating Tiger Stadium and plan to build a $120 million ballpark financed jointly by the county and the Detroit Tigers.
County Executive Ed McNamara unveiled the plans at a news conference yesterday, saying the decision to build a new stadium was made after a Detroit city architect determined that two plans to renovate the existing 79-year-old ballpark were impractical. Land acquisition and related expenses could bring the total cost of a new Tiger Stadium to $200 million.
Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, who had insisted on city control of the stadium, apparently is ready to cooperate with McNamara. State Sen. John Kelly, who favors renovation, is leading the effort to block public funding of a new stadium. But the state senate effectively killed Kelly's legislation yesterday by sending it back to committee.