A plan for new construction at the former location of Tiger Stadium has apparently been finalized. Combining funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and private donations, an athletic complex is planned to be built at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenue.
Lynn Henning reports in the Detroit News that with synthetic turf technology, the site could host baseball, football, lacrosse, day camps, and even cheerleading competitions. The complex will be intended for use with Detroit city youth and working to get local children more active in sports. Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin has been a driving force behind the idea and its location.
There has been some controversy regarding funding for the building of athletic stadiums. The Michigan state government has come under fire recently for using tax funds allocated for Michigan public schools to instead help fund the construction of the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings. It appears that aside from the $3 million dollar grant from HUD, funds for this new project at the old site of Tiger Stadium called "Kids at The Corner" will be raised through private donations. The fundraising is set to begin with a kickoff dinner this week at the Detroit Athletic Club.