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January 20, 2011

A sad day in baseball history for Detroit. A judge ordered the demolition of Tiger Stadium to be completed. My TV 20's Jorge Avellan was there as people reminisced about their times at the stadium.

The final demolition stage of the old Tiger stadium is underway after a Wayne County judge lifted a temporary stop that was issued last friday.

Daniel Duva
"It's hard to keep you composure as I'm talking to you right now because I have a lot of memories with family here. The chemistry and the baseball and the atmosphere during these times was second to none."

Fans gathered near the old stadium this morning to witness a piece of baseball history go down.

Steve Eniwankovitsch
"I decided to take pictures because it was last hurrah. It's just, your not going to see it anymore. Your not going to be able to enjoy what was there."

For other fans, seeing the stadium in it's last stanges was difficult.

Dave Wright
"It's like a slow death and now I think it's time to burry a great lady unfortunately. I would have like to have seen something done, but looking at this makes me sad because I don't think that this is exactly what people had in mind."

The Conservancy group, that wanted to preserve the stadium, told My TV 20 this afternoon that they will not appeal a judges decision to go ahead with the demolition.

Tom Linn
"This is it. We've exhausted our legal remedies and we think it's pointless within a few more hours the stadium will be demolished to a point were historic tax credits will not be available."

A Wayne County judge ordered the demolition after the Old Tiger Stadium Concervancy Group, failed to raise 27 million dollars to preserve the ballpark.

There was still an effort to stop today's demolition as a group of Tiger fans held a rally this morning. They gathered in front of the Coleman Young Building in hopes that a judge would stop the demolition. The group was made up of people that worked closely with the "Conservancy Group."

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