I was lucky enough to see a game at Tiger Stadium way back in 1994 when I visited my Michigan cousins in suburban Detroit.  Tiger Stadium was a real baseball experience, unlike the fake retro brick style started by Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards and then brazenly copied by other cities from San Diego to Arlington, TX.  Set on the edge of Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, Tiger Stadium was quirky, old, and creaking.  It did not have the glamour and mystique that Wrigley Field and Fenway Park may have, but it did make for a great evening of baseball.  Comerica Park may give the Detroit Tigers the revenues it needs to stay competitive with the Yankees of the world, but walking around the new park one evening, the new ballpark just does not compare in experience and authenticity.

Demolished several years ago, all that remains of Tiger Stadium are the field and some of the gates of Plaza 3.  I walked around the area during a rainy day in Corktown; its too bad something more creative than demolition could have been considered for this old baseball shrine.  At least Reggie Jackson’s 1971 All-Star Game home run and Sparky Anderson’s charm live on in film.  Perhaps they can turn the field into a farm.

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The remains of Tiger Stadium, Corktown, Detroit

The remains of Tiger Stadium, Corktown, Detroit

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.