Tiger Stadium’s Redevelopment


Foley & Lardner LLP advised the Detroit Police Athletic League (Detroit PAL) on the redevelopment and grand opening of its headquarters and youth sports programming facility at the former site of Tiger Stadium.

The new facility, which opens on March 24, 2018, will include a new minor league stadium with 2,000 seats, a playing field and room for food vendors. It will also serve as an event space, in addition to being available for community rentals.

Foley has advised Detroit PAL since the redevelopment project’s inception five years ago, principally on a pro bono basis involving many hundreds of hours of legal work. The firm led negotiations with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation to secure the rights to the land from the City of Detroit, and worked to pursue new markets tax credits and bridge loans from Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank, respectively, to help finance the construction as generous community pledges are being received. Foley also advised Detroit PAL with respect to vendor contracts. The firm provided a total of 275 pro bono hours to Detroit PAL in 2017 alone in connection with the new stadium and headquarters.

The original Detroit Tiger stadium, located in the historic Corktown neighborhood, was demolished in 1999. The rebuilding of the neighborhood has accelerated in recent years, with the stadium’s reconstruction in the heart of Corktown helping to spur that momentum.

Foley & Lardner LLP advised the Detroit Police Athletic League with a team including Steven H. Hilfinger (Picture).

Involved fees earner: Steven Hilfinger – Foley & Lardner LLP;

Law Firms: Foley & Lardner LLP;

Clients: Detroit Police Athletic League ;

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Author: Ambrogio Visconti