Games offer farewell to field at site of old Tiger Stadium

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DETROIT (AP) – Volunteers and baseball fans gathered over the weekend at the site of the old Tiger Stadium for a farewell of sorts to the former ballpark’s field.

The volunteer group Navin Field Grounds Crew that maintained the field organized the events ahead of a Wednesday groundbreaking on a project to redevelop the site into a youth sports facility and new Detroit Police Athletic League headquarters.

Plans call for the field’s grass to be replaced by artificial turf.

The Detroit News reports events concluded Sunday with a pickup game that included the Men’s Senior Baseball League of Detroit.

Tiger Stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field. The Tigers left for Comerica Park after the 1999 season. The last portion of the stadium was demolished in 2009, but people still use the field.

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