Aerial photo of Tiger Stadium, former home of the Detroit Tigers.

Motown is one of the most prolific sports towns in the United States. And for almost a century, Tiger Stadium hosted one of the oldest and most historic franchises in Major League Baseball. Formerly known as Briggs Stadium and Navin Field, Tiger Stadium was the home to the Detroit Tigers baseball club from 1912 to 1999. The stadium was also home to the NFL's Detroit Lions from 1938-1974. In fact, Tiger Stadium opened on the exact same day as Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. With it's location on Trumbull and Michigan Avenues in the city's Corktown neighborhood, the ballpark was nicknamed "The Corner". 

 

The very first run at Tiger Stadium was scored by Shoeless Joe Jackson, a legendary baseball figure that was later banned from the game when playing for the Chicago White Sox. The final game at Tiger Stadium was played on September 27th, 1999 vs. the Kansas City Royals. In the last inning of that game, Tigers infielder Robert Fick hit a grand slam which served as the final hit at Tiger Stadium. What a way for the stadium to go out! The ballpark would stand vacant for ten years before destruction was concluded in September of 2009. Today, a preservation group of volunteers maintains the field so that city residents can enjoy it, play on it and take a walk down memory lane.

Similarly, we wanted to give Detroit Tigers fans a smaller trip down memory lane with a collage of old Tiger Stadium memories. Enjoy!

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Opening Day 1980.

Opening Day, 1980 at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

Long time voice of the Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell.

Photo of Ernie Harwell at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

View of the playing field from the infield seats. 

Photo of the playing field at Tiger Stadium during a Tigers game.

 

 

 

1984 World Series, Game 5. Detroit Tigers vs. the San Diego Padres.

 

 

 

Legendary Detroit Tigers right fielder Al Kaline at Tiger Stadium.

Photo of legendary Detroit Tigers right fielder Al Kaline at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

View of the playing field from an outfield tunnel.

View of the playing field at Tiger Stadium from an outfield tunnel.

 

 

 

Black and white photo from the early days of Tiger Stadium.

Black and white photo of a game at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

View of the outfield bleachers at Tiger Stadium.

Photo of the outfield bleachers at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

Detroit Native and Musician Eminem filmed his music video "Beautiful" at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

Sparky Anderson, former Manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Photo of Sparky Anderson, former Manager of the Detroit Tigers.

 

 

Tiger Stadium during the final destruction phase.

Photo of Tiger Stadium during the final destruction phase.

 

 

 

 

Michigan Avenue and the Corktown neighborhood present day. 

Photo of Michigan Avenue and the Corktown neighborhood present day.

 

 

Detroit sports legends Barry Sanders, Cecil Fielder, Steve Yzerman and Joe Dumars at Tiger Stadium.

Photo of Detroit sports legends Barry Sanders, Cecil Fielder, Steve Yzerman and Joe Dumars at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

A behind the scenes tour of Tiger Stadium.

 

 

Tiger Stadium during the early destruction phase.

Photo of Tiger Stadium during the early destruction phase.

 

 

Exterior shot of vacant Tiger Stadium.

Exterior photo of a vacant Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

View of the playing field from the upper deck.

Photo of the playing field at Tiger Stadium from the upper deck.

 

 

 

The final game at Tiger Stadium, shot from behind home plate.

 

 

 

Detroit Tiger slugger Cecil Fielder walking atop Tiger Stadium.

Photo of Detroit Tigers legend Cecil Fielder walking atop Tiger Stadium.

 

  

 

New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hammering a home run at Tiger Stadium.

Photo of New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hammering a home run at Tiger Stadium.

 

 

Tiger Stadium destruction in 2008.

 

 

 

 Tiger Stadium in 1999 during demolition. 

  Tiger Stadium in 1999 during demolition.

 

 

 

 

 

The former Tiger Stadium grounds as it looks today.

Photo of he Tiger Stadium grounds today.

 

 

 

What will come of the former site of Tiger Stadium?

 

  

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