8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 4, 1997
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DETROIT (AP)-The Detroit Tigers McHale had stated in a court affidadii
yesterday announced an agreement with filed in Wayne County Circuit CourtL
three firms that will allow construction The affidavit was in response to ar
to begin as scheduled on the team's $260 order from Judge Cynthia Stephens t
million downtown stadium. supply information about the stadi.
John McHale Jr., the Tigers president um's plans to lawyers representirig
and chief executive officer, said actual businesses located on the propose
groundbreaking could start today or site. .
tomorrow, while a ceremonial ground- McHale had said the site must b
breaking is expected later this month, completely fenced-in and excava'r
Work done yesterday included the well under way by December. <
start of environmental studies, erect- team must have the stadium finishdc
ing fences, setting up a trailer to be by August 2000 or lose $55 millior
used as an office and clearing land, given by the Michigan Strategic Fund
said a Tigers spokesperson, who the affidavit said.
asked not to be identified. Detroit's Downtown Development
under a guar-
"To be complete by
March 1,2000, we
have to have all out
-- John McHale, Jr.
Tigers president and chief executive officer
m i I i o .
Mike Ilit 3
and will have
to pay for any
H u b e;r
Hunt & Nichols, Inc., Turner
Construction Inc. and White
"Hunt-Turner-White brings three
enormously important qualities to this
project: unmatched baseball stadium
construction expertise, sensitivity to
our budget and a commitment to all
the development values that have been
made a part of this effort from the
beginning, McHale said in a news
The Tigers had to begin construction
by tomorrow or risk losing $55 million
in state funding, McHale has said in
"To be complete by March 1, 2000
(which leaves very little margin for
delay), we have to have all out construc-
tion by Dec. 1 and start pouring the
foundations in January of 19981'
based in Indianapolis, previously h s
worked on Jacobs Field in ClevelanV.
The firm is also working on stadium
projects for the San Francisco Gi%,
the Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle
Mariners, the Tigers said.
Turner, a Detroit-based construction
management firm, performed pre-pop-
struction and construction services for
the recently opened Museum of African
American History in Detroit. It also has
worked on stadium projects for tbe
Carolina Panthers, the Cleveland
Cavaliers and the Portland Trailblas,
the Tigers said. 0
White Construction, a minority-
owned Detroit-based company; has
worked on local projects includig
Detroit's IRS Building and Michigan
National Bank headquarters, the tean
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