DETROIT (AP) - A feature film being shot at Tiger Stadium may mark the lasttime the old ballpark is used before it becomes a memoryitself.
"The Irishman" tells the story of 1970s Cleveland-area unionorganizer and mobster Danny Greene. The picture stars RayStevenson, Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio and ChristopherWalken.
The movie is being shot in Detroit through June, and filmmakerswanted to use "some kind of iconic landmark that was in Detroit ...even though we're going to play it for Cleveland," said BartRosenblatt, the film's producer.
Tiger Stadium, which opened in 1912 as Navin Field, was aperfect choice, Rosenblatt said, even if it meant tweaking thescript to have it replace a boxing arena in one scene.
"It has a great look," he said.
Filming at the stadium was set for Thursday evening.
The Tigers departed the ballpark for nearby Comerica Park afterthe 1999 season. Wrecking crews went to work last June, and much ofthe stadium was torn down by fall.
A section stretching from dugout to dugout was left standingwhile a nonprofit group sought to raise money to preserve andredevelop the stadium as a commercial building with a workingballfield. But the city's Economic Development Corp. board votedTuesday to reject the $33.4 million plan, saying the funding wasn'tin place.
Complete demolition could begin as early as Monday, according tothe city's Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Supporters of saving thestadium gathered there Wednesday evening after demolition equipmentbegan to arrive.
Rosenblatt grew up in Boston attending games at Fenway Park --which opened the same day as Tiger Stadium -- and said it's a shamethe Detroit landmark soon may be gone.
"There aren't many of these ballparks left," he said.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Six years after she vanished, detectives are still working to find out who killed Janna Kelly.
A former Grand Rapids Community College president has died.
A Kalamazoo man accused of beating another man, pouring gasoline on him and leaving him in a Dumpster now faces a murder charge.