Tiger Stadium gets another stay of execution

Updated: October 7, 2008, 11:40 AM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit City Council has granted Tiger Stadium a stay of execution.

Tiger Stadium
AP Photo/Paul SancyaDemolition crews began smashing the walls of Tiger Stadium earlier this year. A slice of the famed park still stands.

The council voted 5-3 on Tuesday to reject a resolution that would have authorized the immediate demolition of the historic ballpark.

Crews began tearing down the stadium in June. A corner of the ballpark has been left standing while a preservation group tries to raise money to turn it into a sports museum.

The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy was told to pay the city $219,000 by Tuesday to hold off total demolition. The group says it has $150,000 in hand and can have the rest by Friday.

The stadium's fate last came before the council in July, when a vote was delayed while preservation advocates and city officials negotiated.

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