DETROIT -

Wayne State University announced Thursday plans to build a baseball stadium in recognition of legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell and his wife Lulu Harwell.

The university's Department of Athletics plans to erect Harwell Field in the couple's shared honor.

Harwell Field will provide grandstands, a press box, team clubhouse and a foyer to recognize the achievements and contributions of the Harwells.

The current field has many historical baseball remnants significant to Harwell, including a replica Fenway Park outfield wall and the old Tiger Stadium scoreboard. The new stadium will be located adjacent to Brooklyn Street.

The project will have the amenities of today with a nostalgic acknowledgment of the past in a stadium that will mirror the facade of Ebbets Field, according to the university Department of Athletics.

The initiative will be managed through the university's development unit and is endorsed by the Ernie Harwell Estate and the Ernie Harwell Foundation. All contributions to Harwell Field will be used exclusively for this project which honors one of the Detroit's most respected couples as well as the broadcaster who brought so much of the vibrancy and spirit of Detroit to countless Michiganders over an illustrious career.

Contributions should be made to:
Wayne State Athletics/Harwell Field

Mail to:
WSU Athletic Department, 5101 John C Lodge, Detroit, MI 48202

Images: Harwell Field concept

Published On: Jun 06 2013 08:11:37 PM EDT
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