This might be tough for some baseball traditionalists to stomach, I know it was for me, but this photo of what Tiger Stadium looks like today (from Craig Calcaterra) is really quite amazing.

Bennett Park, the original name of the ball park located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue, was built in 1895 and was later named Navin Field in 1911. The name Tiger Stadium came in 1961, after owner John Fetzer took control of the stadium.

The final game played at Tiger Stadium was September 27, 1999, when the home team defeated the Royals, 8-2.

Comments (19)

  1. Ugh….disgusting…absolute shame…

  2. Sad in a way, but at least there’s still a diamond there. Anybody up for a pick-up game at Tiger Stadium?

  3. I got to a game at Tiger in its final month. Really glad I did, it was a magical night even if I almost got abducted by a scary homeless guy waiting for the bus back to Windsor. The thing is, if the Tigers had stayed there and used Tiger Stadium to help build up the surrounding area in a ballpark village type thing, I think it could have gone a long way to revitalizing Detroit. It’s not that far from downtown, and it would have been an attraction for people to get to. And look what Comerica and Ford Field did for downtown Detroit, they actually really helped change that part of the downtown. And to not even build a 2,000 seat stadium there to help spur a bit of growth and keep some part of it alive is just very sad.

    I went to the All-Star Game at Comerica in 2005. It was a nice stadium, and the area around it sure has been cleaned up. Enjoyed myself, and they did a great job with it. But it was lacking something, a part of it just didn’t “feel” like Detroit the way Tiger did. It’s sad that they have just let a century of history rot away into practically nothing, just like so many other parts of their city. At least they left that flagpole behind.

    • 1. The flagpole was actually moved to Comerica Park. That looks to be a new flagpole in the picture.

      2. It WAS rotting for almost a decade. It took that long for “the powers” to finally decide to tear it down. I wish they had just done it immediately, because it was pathetic to see it rotting.

      3. I would counter your statement by saying that that Fenway does not “feel” the same as when I went there regularly as a kid. Something about the $60 parking, buffets on top of “Green Monster” catering to the elites, pink hats and Neil Diamond music…

      • 2) They were trying to preserve it, but the crooked city council and mayor wanted the scrap metal money instead.

        3) Even with all of that stuff at Fenway, you still have lily citizens complaining about it being a dump and wishing they had a new, modern, sterile stadium. You can either have Fenway with all of that new stuff, or have it torn down for a parking lot (actually in Boston, land is worth money, so condos or something would be actually built there).

  4. RIP Tiger Stadium. I have so many childhood memories of that place and Comerica just isn’t the same for me.

  5. I really do not have a problem with it. Better than seeing it in decay, like it was for almost a decade.

    Comerica is a great place to see a game. Perhaps the best of all new stadiums… if you are in the lower deck. It also has the best standing room in baseball. You can get in for under $20 and stand for the whole game IN FRONT OF the exclusive Tiger Den… no questions asked.

    I have great memories of taking my kids on the carousel, seeing them eat ice cream out of the “Tiger Helmet Bowls”, keeping score with them and seeing HR balls land right in our section… all at Comerica Park.

  6. i was just there last week, took a bunch of photos of the flagpole and walked around the perimeter thinking about days gone by… i’m a blue jays fan but always had a soft spot for the Tigers and their heritage.

  7. Thanks for this post. One of my fav reads last winter was “The Final Season” by Tom Stanton.

    From the cover: “Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Tom Stanton lived for his Detroit Tigers … When the ballpark of his boyhood began its 88th and last year, Stanton embarked on an unforgettable journey: attending all 81 home games at Tiger Stadium. He set out to celebrate the park and to explore his attachment to the place where his family had shared the sport for more than 9 decades.”

    Places have meaning when you share them with people.

  8. Sad….. Wish I had a chance to see a game there

  9. I’ll never forget when Jose Cruz Jr. hit a HR out of Tiger Stadium early in his Blue Jay career. Thinking back, I had quite the man-crush on Cruz, sort of similar to the one I had/have on Travis Snider. Interesting.

  10. As much as I loved the old Tiger Stadium I don’t see the big deal. The abondoned it for a new build; what were they expectations – were they to keep it as a shrine?

    • With you. Now, if only they can burn down that fucking shitbox in Boston, I’ll be happy.

      • Have fun at shit, boring, bland, modern stadiums.

        Can’t we at least keep 2 old stadiums?!? Is that too much to ask? Go to Cincy/Cleveland/Minny/Philly/Baltimore/Washington/etc./etc. if you want comfort and are too delicate to see a game at an older place with some character.

  11. You guys can’t let us enjoy this eh?

  12. Actually, a traditionalist might say that the park now looks like baseball parks in photos from the 1800′s.

  13. I checked out what it looked like in google street view. A video of a walk around didn’t exist, so here it is in gif form.
    http://gifninja.com/animated-gifs/209332/tigerstadiumwalk

  14. Thats Detroit for you…It fits right in…

  15. Detroit City Council said this needed to be torn down immediately to make space for a Wal-Mart. I can’t wait for that Wal-Mart. Where is it?

    (Why did we have to tear it down when there’s 10000 other vacant parcels in the city?)

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