It was a good idea, anyway: Fans of Detroit’s not-quite-all-gone Tiger Stadium organized a viewing party Saturday night where locals could watch Game 3 of the World Series on a 20-foot TV screen, have DJed music between innings, etc. It didn’t happen, though, because city officials decided the event didn’t have the proper permits, including “City Council approval.”
The group Historic Detroit responded with an appropriately pissy Facebook post:
Everyone thought it was a great idea, that is, except for the City of Detroit, which officially pulled the plug on the party this morning, threatening to arrest anyone on the field for trespassing.
That’s right, folks. The same city government that brought you a giant empty field instead of a preserved National Historic Landmark and field for youth baseball has said no one is allowed on the field. Any of the tens of thousands of OTHER vacant, city-owned lots, you’re welcome to prance about on. But not the site of Tiger Stadium. You’ll be arrested for that.
Of course, given the way the Series turned out, Tigers fans are probably glad that they weren’t subjected to this.
If nothing else, the Tigers’ brief appearance in the World Series provided the opportunity for some national media coverage of the history of Tiger Stadium and attempts to preserve the site for baseball (check out Reggie Jackson’s awesome hat in this one). The current city plan is to try to develop the site as anything other than a ballfield as soon as possible, but given that this is Detroit, “as soon as possible” can always mean “never.” In the meantime, volunteers continue to maintain the field and play the occasion pickup game there — check out their Facebook page if you want to get involved.