The Detroit PAL Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on April 13, 2016 at the site of Historic Tiger Stadium. Detroit PAL was excited to make a special announcement at the ceremony – that the new field would be named the “Willie Horton Field of Dreams.”
Audience members arrived around 4:30 and were able to get food and refreshments provided by Mercury Burger Bar, Slows, McShane’s, and Coca-Cola. Everyone enjoyed getting their faces painted with Detroit sports team logos or the Detroit PAL logo and the kids had a chance to hang out with the Detroit Lions’ mascot, Roary, and the Detroit Piston’s mascot, Hooper! Fox Sports Detroit even had the vintage bobbleheads for the Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers, and Pistons at the site for April in the D.
The ceremony got started around 5pm with the singing of the National Anthem by none other than the Detroit Red Wings’ Karen Newman! Guest speakers included Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James Craig, Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy’s Thom Linn, PAL Board Chairman Ron Hall, Detroit PAL CEO Tim Richey, Senator Carl Levin, and former Detroit Tiger great, Willie Horton.
Other VIP guests included: Campaign Co-chairs Gerry Boylan and Scott Seabolt, David Egner from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Matt Elliott from Bank of America, Damon Tooles of Toole Contracting Group, Gino Roncelli of Roncelli, Inc., Ron May from DTE Energy, Matt McDaniel from Cinnaire, Jim Curran, and Joe Petrosky and Mark Petrosky from Duffey Petrosky.
“PAL is all about giving kids a future and opportunities,” said Senator Carl Levin, “PAL and this field were made for each other!” The new home of Detroit PAL will also feature a 2,500 seat stadium, leadership training/banquet center, and more. Detroit PAL hopes the Kids at the Corner campaign can help us reach our goal of serving 20,000 kids by 2020!
Detroit PAL would like to thank everyone who came down to the site of Historic Tiger Stadium to help celebrate with us as well as everyone who is supporting the project! We are very excited to get construction underway and expect to open in Spring 2017!
To help, please visit www.kidsatthecorner.com.