The Patronicity campaign is supported by The Michigan Economic Development Corp., the Piast Institute and Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, Freep reported. If the campaign raises $50,000 by April 2, the MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places program will match the grant. Funds will go toward restoring and updating the space for community use, including art installations, field improvements and signage.
More than $21,000 has been raised toward its $50,000 goal.
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, Hamtramck Stadium is one of just five remaining home parks of major Negro Leagues teams. Built in 1930, the existing structure stopped being used in the 1990s and is closed to the public.
"Our hope is to preserve this very special place where my father and his teammates made history," Rosilyn Stearnes-Brown, daughter of a Hall of Fame Detroit Stars outfielder Turkey Stearnes, said in a statement.
"It's important to provide our young people with opportunities that will enrich their minds and will make them productive, positive individuals, striving to make a difference in our society just like the players in the Negro Leagues," Stearnes' daughter Joyce Stearnes Thompson said in the release. "Hamtramck Stadium can be a magnificent field of dreams that will preserve the legacy of my father and the Negro Leaguers in this special place they loved."
Donations can be made to the restoration of Hamtramic Stadium at Patronicity.com.