On November 5, 1996, the citizens of Detroit voted in favor of a referendum to bring the Detroit Lions back into the city and erect a downtown football stadium. Groundbreaking for what is now Ford Field started just 11 days later.
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|Address:||2000 Brush Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48226|
|Architect:||Rossetti Architects, Hamilton Anderson Associates, Inc., Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects|
|Construction Cost:||$500 million|
|Structural Engineer:||Thornton Tomasetti|
The design by Hamilton Anderson Associates, Rossetti Architects and Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects is one of the most unique in all of American venues. Instead of tearing down all the buildings in the area, Ford Field is built around an old warehouse that solidifies the majority of the arena’s south side. Grandstand and stadium seating for 65,000 fans circles the field from that point, while most of the stadium’s suites are in the warehouse. Two businesses also rent office space alongside the team’s own offices.
Ford Field is the first current NFL stadium to go East-West, due to the domed roof. This was done due to the existing warehouse building. Natural light is a major feature of the stadium, with a focus on featuring the Detroit skyline, but frosted windows in the ceiling provides one of the more unique experiences in major league sports. This is a nod to the automobile factories that the city is known for. Unlike other stadiums, light has little impact on gameplay as the field is 45 feet (14 m) below street level so Ford Field would not have as big of an impact on the skyline.
The stadium was part of a downtown revitalization plan for Downtown Detroit. Alongside Major League Baseball’s Comerica Park and later Little Caesars Arena for the Pistons and Red Wings, Ford Field makes up “The District”, which surpassed Belle Isle as the primary tourism focus of the city. Many new restaurants and liquor distilleries are in the area.
In addition to hosting National Football League games, Ford Field is the home of college football’s Quick Lane Bowl and Mid-American Conference championship game, the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s football and wrestling state championships, Michigan Competitive Bands Association finals for marching bands and the FIRST World Championship, an international robotics competition for high schools.
Ford Field hosted Super Bowl XL in 2006, but its ability to host games in other situations is a bigger mainstay for the stadium. Detroit hosted the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets during the largest snowstorm of 2014 and the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants after the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome roof collapse in 2010.
The stadium has also hosted other events that inspired many of the versatile court and seating configurations that are now common place in American venues. The 2003 “Basketbowl” between University of Kentucky and Michigan State University was the largest basketball crowd ever at the time, hosting 78,129 fans. The elevated court was placed at the center of the field for the 2009 Final Four, the first time that this configuration was used for the NCAA Division I basketball championship and established the 70,000-plus spectator guidelines for arenas to host such an event.
Ford Field also hosted the 2010 Frozen Four, which is the NCAA Division I hockey championship. It is the only time a football stadium was used for the event, and has the largest attendance for the championship at 37,592.
The arena also holds concerts and special events which has configurations for 40,000-50,000 capacity depending on floor seating, but the record was set in 2003, as Eminem, 50 Cent and Missy Elliot sold 95,709 of 96,707 seats available. It is the largest attendance at the stadium, surpassing WrestleMania 23’s crowd of 80,103 in 2007.
On November 18, 2017, the Beatification Mass of Father Solanus Casey was held at Ford Field. It is considered the largest indoor mass in Detroit history and makes Ford Field one of the few football stadiums to be used for a religious ceremony.
Detroit Lions Info
|Rivals:||Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers|
|Team Colours:||Honolulu Blue, Silver|
|Club Mascot:||Roary the Lion|
|Fight Song:||Gridiron Heroes|
|Former Stadiums:||Universal Stadium (1930–1933), University of Detroit Stadium (1934–1940), Tiger Stadium (1938–1939, 1941–1974), Pontiac Silverdome (1975–2001)|
|Team Owner:||Sheila Ford Hamp|
|Top Passing Leader:||Jay Cutler|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Walter Payton|
|Top Points Scorer:||Robbie Gould|
|AV Leader:||Walter Payton|
|Winningest Coach:||George Halas|
|Famous Players:||Dick Butkus, Brian Urlacher, Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Gale Sayers|
|Famous Coaches:||Mike Ditka, Ron Rivera, Sean Payton|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Ford Field?
Detroit Lions play their home matches at Ford Field.
What is the capacity of Ford Field?
As of 2022 Ford Field has an official seating capacity of 65,000 for Football matches.
When was Ford Field opened?
Ford Field officially opened in 2002 and is home to Detroit Lions
What is the ZIP code for Ford Field?
The ZIP code for Ford Field is 48226.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Ford Field in 2022. Please visit the official website of Detroit Lions for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.