Tiger Stadium – The Final Days


tigerstadium_construction 081, piblanks2005

(From Detroit’s Sacred Places Flickr Photo Contest)

Writer Jack Lessenberry recently referred to Tiger Stadium as a “cathedral of America’s national pastime” (see http://static.record-eagle.com/2007/aug/05lessen.htm – for more information on the preservation of the stadium). Many people may think of sacred sites as places with religious bearings, but in our short-lived American history, many of us are hard pressed not to feel a sense of desecration over places, albeit of a secular nature, that have influenced and shaped our collective identity, particularly as Detroiters.

Tiger Stadium has seen the better side of a wrecking ball over the last few weeks. This image attempts to preserve, in very simple terms, a last glimpse of that sacred ground. But when I look at this picture, I can’t help sensing that the stadium seems to know its fate while it sits there patiently and quietly awaiting the inevitable. -nb

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