Adient announces sponsorship of PAL's "The Corner Ballpark" on Tiger Stadium site

At a press conference in downtown Detroit, Adient announced it is the presenting sponsor of the Detroit Police Athletic League's (PAL) stadium at the site of historic Tiger Stadium. A $2.8 million gift, made possible by the Adient Foundation, will result in PAL's first permanent headquarters and sports complex to accommodate baseball, softball, t-ball, coach pitch, football, cheer, soccer and more.

Byron Foster, executive vice president for Adient, said the company felt a special connection with PAL. "Adient is proud of this significant gift to PAL," Foster said. "Our employees have a proud history of dedicating their time to organizations like PAL that strengthen their local communities. What better way to do this than giving children the opportunity to participate in activities at this iconic site.”

Detroit PAL CEO Tim Richey said the $2.8 million multi-year gift is the largest received in the organization’s history.

“It will help us improve and provide quality programming at every corner of Detroit, with a goal to increase the number of youth served from 13,830 in 2016 to 20,000 by 2020,” Richey said.

Detroit PAL, created in 1969, is a nonprofit organization that positively impacts the lives of children through athletic, academic and leadership development programs. Each year, PAL teaches more than 1,700 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors.

The stadium's official name will be "The Corner Ballpark presented by Adient" and the field will benefit thousands of children playing in Detroit PAL's sports leagues on the redeveloped landmark.

The idea for the gift originated with Adient Platform Director Jessica Berry and Ron Hall Jr., president and CEO of Bridgewater Interiors, a joint venture of Adient, both serve as board members for PAL. The gift itself was made possible by the Adient Foundation, which supports charitable initiatives along with Adient plc, the global leader in automotive seating.

Foster, Detroit PAL CEO Tim Richey, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig, and Thom Linn from the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy attended the announcement event, held at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.

Detroit PAL has raised nearly $18 million toward the "Kids at the Corner" campaign to redevelop the site of Tiger Stadium. When completed, the new stadium will include PAL's first permanent headquarters, the Willie Horton Field of Dreams with a 2,500-seat capacity, a banquet facility/leadership center, dugouts, locker rooms, and more.

PAL plans to program a variety of sports on the field, including baseball, softball, T-ball, coach pitch, football, cheer, soccer while also expanding opportunities for the community. Once complete, the state-of-the-art facility will pursue corporate sponsorships and host public movie nights, music events, sports management training – a truly multi-purpose facility.

Foster pledged that the company will be active community member in Detroit beyond the stadium sponsorship. “We know that there's a lot of work to be done relative to the renaissance of Detroit and we want to be part of that.”

In 2019, the company will relocate its global HQ to the historic Marquette Building across from Cobo Center investing $75 million into a complete renovation to preserve its place in the history of Detroit,

As for “The Corner Ballpark,” Foster said, “We see this as the first of many philanthropic efforts that support Detroit – our new neighborhood."