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|Former Tigers broadcater Ernie Harwell (center), seen here on Opening Day, is backing a plan to preserve part of Tiger Stadium as a sports facility and museum.|
Team owner Mike Ilitch moved the ballclub to Comerica Park in 2000.Harwell and lawyer S. Gary Spicer propose reducing Tiger Stadium's seating while adding music and sports memorabilia museums. The City Council voted 5-4 on July 27 to give the public-private partnership the Detroit Economic Development Corp. the authority to demolish the park. Development group President George Jackson called the plan a "PR gimmick." "Our decision will not be based on a public relations campaign," he told the Detroit Free Press. "It's going to be based on financial substance, period." Harwell told The Detroit News that his plan was "picking up steam."