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Detroit Tiger Stadium closer to demolition

June 25, 2008 at 1:12 PM

DETROIT, June 25 (UPI) -- A demolition company has started laying the groundwork for the demolition of Detroit's landmark Tiger Stadium.

Fencing began going up around the old ballpark near Michigan and Trumball where the Tigers entertained fans during most of the 20th Century.

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"I wanted to see it one last time," Mike White, 34, Ferndale, told the Detroit News as he snapped photos on Tuesday. "I have a lot of memories.... I just hate to see it go."

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick finalized the demolition contract earlier this month while at the same time granting an extension for a group trying to put together a $13 million plan to preserve part of the stadium.

The Tigers last played in Tiger Stadium in 1999 and then relocated to Comerica Park in another part of downtown.

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