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Ford Field

Ford Field, located in downtown Detroit across the street from Comerica Park, replaced the Pontiac Silverdome as the home of the Detroit Lions NFL football team in 2002.  Plans for constructing the stadium began in August 1996. The $500 million stadium broke ground November 16, 1999 and took 52 months to complete. The first game played at Ford Field was a Detroit Lions preseason game against the Pittsburg Steelers on August 24, 2002, in which Detroit lost 35-22.  

Architectural plans for the stadium included the incorporation of the former Hudson’s store warehouse, which was built on the site in the 1920’s.  The six-story warehouse, which flanks the southern sideline of the field, is now home to suite level seating.  Unlike most dome stadiums, Ford Field allows natural sunlight to reach the field through large glass windows and the skylights located in the ceiling of the dome. 

Attendance capacity can reach 65,000 for football games and 80,000 for basketball games. The stadium also hosts numerous concerts, including local favorites Kid Rock and Eminem as well as pop icon Madonna. Other events held in at Ford Field include World Wrestling Entertainment’s 2007 Wrestlemania and Monster Truck Rallies.

In 2006 Ford Field was the host of Super Bowl XL, where the Pittsburg Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10.  



Flyer supporting the proposed Ford Field, 1996

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