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Mallparks and ghost parks

Apr 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

tiger stadium

I was almost ready to put one tentative foot on board The Common Man’s Mallparks-aren’t-so-bad-when-you-get-right-down-to-it bandwagon, but then I went and read David Fleming’s remembrance and revisiting of old Tiger Stadium which apparently coincided with a minor dust storm here in my den if my current eye irritation is any judge.

I’ll go this far: yes, it is way easier to take young kids to the mallparks.  But easy ain’t everything. When I was a kid, the cigar-and-beer smells of Tiger Stadium made me acutely aware that I was in a grownup place. And I loved nothing more than being in what I thought were grownup places in those days.

But no matter which side you fall on — assuming you have to take a side; we do too much of that I think — both TCM’s and Fleming’s stories are good reads.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Seems we re-visit this about 3 times a year. I loved old Tigers Stadium too-pretty quirky as it was with more obstructed seats than renov Yankee Stadium. But you can’t get blood out of the Detroit city stone, and at least they have a ballpark and it is downtown.A lot of beautiful early 20th century architecture has gone to seed- Belle Isle’s classic Detroit Boat Club, among others.
    It could have been worse- During the 90’s it almost could have been that the old parks would end up in suburbia- can you imagine Comisky in Addison, IL?

  2. Detroit Michael - Apr 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comerica Park is much better than Tiger Stadium in my opinion. There literally are no bad seats in Comerica Park to my knowledge and about one-fourth (I’m guessing here) of the seats at Tiger Stadium had obstructed views due to posts throughout the park and various chain link fences. The right field overhang seats in Tiger Stadium were absolutely great, but I only sat their once — they were occupied by season ticketholders. Comerica Park has a prettier view, better concessions, cleaner restaurants with no troughs, and a better, safer location (in the theater district, still within walking distance or a monorail ride from downtown). I don’t like all the visual advertisements at Comerica Park, but that would have happened regardless.

    Frankly, the real crime was using taxpayer money to replace a football stadium that was only 30 years old or so, not replacing Tiger Stadium.

  3. jamie54 - Apr 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    When I took my son to old Muny stadium in Cleveland it smelled like a teenage place, stale beer and piss. No fond memories of that place at all, it’s in a better place buried under and gone from the face of the earth.

  4. Jonny 5 - Apr 26, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    “Lord of the flies on Meth” The very best description I’ve ever heard for a playground. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Very good read TCM. BTW, this is why the Phillies Phanatic was born. He’s the MVP of the team to most kids.

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