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Ford Field
Ford Field
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Ford Field
Address 2000 Brush Street[1]
Location Detroit, Michigan[1]
Coordinates 42°20?24?N 83°2?44?W / 42.34000°N 83.04556°W / 42.34000; -83.04556Coordinates: 42°20?24?N 83°2?44?W / 42.34000°N 83.04556°W / 42.34000; -83.04556
Owner Detroit/Wayne County
Operator Detroit Lions
Capacity Football: 65,000 (expandable to 70,000)
Basketball: 78,000
Record attendance WrestleMania 23: 80,103 (April 1, 2007)[2][3]
Surface FieldTurf[4]
Construction
Broke ground November 16, 1999[1]
Opened August 24, 2002[1]
Renovated 2017[5]
Construction cost US$500 million
($666 million in 2016 dollars[6])
Architect Rossetti Architects
Hamilton Anderson Associates, Inc.
Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects[7]
Project manager Hammes Company[7]
Structural engineer Ebrahim Chodari[7]
Services engineer SmithGroup[7]
General contractor Hunt/Jenkins/White/Olson JV[7]
Tenants
Detroit Lions (NFL) (2002-present)
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (NCAA) (2002-2013)
Quick Lane Bowl (NCAA) (2014-present)
MHSAA Football Finals (2005-present)

Ford Field is a multi-purpose domed stadium located in Downtown Detroit. It primarily serves as the home of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL), as well as the annual Quick Lane Bowl college football bowl game and state championship football games for the MHSAA. The regular seating capacity is approximately 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball. The naming rights were purchased by the Ford Motor Company at $40 million over 20 years; the Ford family holds a controlling interest in the company, and a member of the Ford family has controlled the Lions franchise since 1963.

Design

Ford Field was originally planned to be an outdoor stadium, simultaneously with Comerica Park, which opened in April 2000, as part of a public project to replace Tiger Stadium and the Pontiac Silverdome. Ford Field was constructed after Comerica Park, opening in 2002. It cost $500 million to build, financed largely through private money, public money, and the sale of the naming rights.

The stadium's design incorporates a six-story former Hudson's warehouse, which was constructed in the 1920s. Hammes Company, a real estate development company in Middleton, Wisconsin, developed the new stadium, as well as the warehouse.[7]

The presence of the warehouse allows for a seating arrangement that was unique among professional American football stadiums at the time of Ford Field's opening. The majority of suites at Ford Field are located in the Hudson Warehouse along the stadium's southern sideline, as are the lounges that serve the premium club seats on that side of the field. The bulk of the grandstand seats are located along the northern sideline and both end-lines, with gaps in the stadium's upper half at the southwest and southeast corners. The upper deck on the stadium's northern sideline also contains one level of suites and a smaller section of club seating. A similar design was implemented at the renovated Soldier Field, albeit with the use of a new structure (as opposed to an existing building) to house four levels of suites.

Unlike most indoor stadiums, Ford Field allows a large amount of natural light to reach the FieldTurf field, thanks to immense skylights and large glass windows at the open corners. The windows along the ceiling are frosted to mimic the automotive factories that are prevalent in Metro Detroit. The southwest corner provides the seating bowl and concourse with sunlight year-round and also offers fans a view of downtown Detroit. To prevent the stadium from becoming an overly imposing presence in the Detroit skyline, the playing field and lower bowl (100 level) were set below street level, similar to the design at adjacent Comerica Park.

Ford Field is one of seven venues in the NFL that has end zones in the east and the west (the others being Arrowhead Stadium, AT&T Stadium, Hard Rock Stadium, New Era Field, M&T Bank Stadium, and FirstEnergy Stadium). There is no NFL rule for field construction regarding sunlight distracting players on the field.[8] The east-west end zone design accommodated the Hudson warehouse location. The natural light is not a distraction to the players in a day game, because the light only reaches as far as the sidelines, leaving the field still properly lit with the combination of artificial stadium lighting and sunlight.

2017 renovations

Ford Field underwent its first major renovation in 2017. The $100 million renovation included new video boards, a new sound system, updated suites, and the renovation of multiple restaurants, clubs, and bars on the property.[5]

Major events

Football

Ford Field hosted Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006, as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 to win their fifth Super Bowl championship in front of 68,206 in attendance. It also marked the final game in the 13-year career for Steelers running back, and Detroit native, Jerome Bettis.[9][10]

The stadium was home to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl sponsored by Detroit-based Little Caesars (previously known as the Motor City Bowl and jointly sponsored by the Big Three automakers headquartered in Detroit - Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors) from 2002 until 2013. It featured a top Mid-American Conference team and a Big Ten Conference team.[11] The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was replaced by the Quick Lane Bowl, featuring teams from the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference, and backed by the Lions and Ford.[12] It has also hosted the annual MAC Football Championship Game since 2004.[13]

Ford Field has been the site of several neutral site regular season college football games, including Western Michigan vs. Illinois in 2008 and Michigan State vs. Florida Atlantic in 2010.[14][15]

On December 13, 2010, the Minnesota Vikings played a home game at Ford Field against the New York Giants after the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's inflatable roof collapsed due to a rip in the roofing material caused by heavy snow accumulation.[16][17][18] The roof failure forced the already postponed game to be moved elsewhere, and after deliberations, the NFL chose Ford Field.[16] It was the first ever regular season Monday night game played at Ford Field.[19] The Lions hosted their first ever Monday Night Football game in Ford Field on October 10, 2011 against the Chicago Bears.[20]

A Buffalo Bills home game against the New York Jets was played at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 after a major lake effect snowstorm hit western New York, causing the game to be moved from Ralph Wilson Stadium.[21] The Bills won the game 38-3.[22][23]

Basketball

Ford Field is transformed into a basketball arena in preparation for the 2008 Midwest Regional Finals.

On December 13, 2003, Ford Field hosted the then largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game, as 78,129 people packed the stadium for the Basketbowl, where the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Michigan State Spartans, 79-74.[24][25]

The University of Detroit Mercy and Ford Field hosted the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament regional semifinal and final games (March 28 and 30).[26][27][28][29][30] Ford Field was the site of the 2009 Final Four (April 4 and 6).[31][32][33][34][35] For the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament, the court was placed in the center of the football field rather than in an end of the stadium. This was the first time this configuration was used for NCAA Tournament play with the new 70,000-seat capacity rule in effect.[36]

College hockey

The 2010 Frozen Four was held on April 8 and 10 with Boston College defeating Wisconsin to win the championship. This has been the only time NCAA hockey has used a football stadium for the championship and resulted in the largest attendance (37,592) at a Frozen Four event.[37]

High school competitions

Ford Field has hosted the MHSAA football state championships since 2005. It will also host the MHSAA individual wrestling state finals in 2018.[38]

The stadium has been used to host the MCBA finals, where Michigan high school marching bands compete to be the best in the state.[39]

Soccer

Ford Field hosted two group stage matches of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament on June 7, 2011.[40]Panama played Guadeloupe in the first match, while the United States played Canada in the second match.[41][42]

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
June 7, 2011  Panama 3-2  Guadeloupe 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C 28,209
 United States 2-0  Canada

Other competitions

The Professional Bull Riders brought their Built Ford Tough Series tour to Ford Field for the first time ever on March 10, 2012.[43] Ford Field is the second Detroit area venue the BFTS has visited; they had visited The Palace of Auburn Hills in 2001, 2006 and 2007.[44][45][46]

The United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) holds multiple Monster Jam Monster Truck races at Ford Field. These races were previously held in the Pontiac Silverdome until it was closed. AMA Supercross Championship, also a Feld Entertainment competition, has competed at Ford Field from 2006 to 2008 and since 2014. The USHRA usually runs 2-3 events a year at Ford Field.

Other events

On April 1, 2007, Ford Field hosted World Wrestling Entertainment's WrestleMania 23.[3] This event set a Ford Field attendance record of 80,103.[2] It was the first WrestleMania held in the Detroit area since 93,173 fans set a world indoor attendance record at the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania III in 1987.[47]

Ford Field hosted the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Midwest Regional in 2007 and 2014.[48][49]

In 2015, Ford Field housed the large group gatherings of the ELCA Youth Gathering.[50]

Concerts

Date Artist(s) Supporting act(s) Tour Tickets sold Gross Note(s) Reference(s)
October 22, 2002 The Rolling Stones No Doubt Licks Tour The first act to play at the stadium. [51]
November 18, 2008 Madonna -- Sticky & Sweet Tour 30,119 $2,395,900 [52]
June 11, 2011 Taylor Swift Needtobreathe
Frankie Ballard
Randy Montana
Speak Now World Tour 47,992 $3,453,549 [53][54]
August 20, 2011 Kenny Chesney Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin' Coastal Tour [55]
August 18, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Brothers of the Sun Tour 48,943 $4,560,108 [56]
May 4, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Brett Eldredge
The Red Tour 48,265 $3,969,059 [57][58][59]
July 18, 2013 Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 43,142 $2,638,975 [60]
August 6, 2013 Justin Timberlake
Jay-Z
DJ Cassidy Legend of the Summer Stadium Tour 42,035 $3,968,119 [61][62]
One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 92,428 $8,304,416 During the August 16 performance, the band performed a cover of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus. [63][64]
May 30, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
The 1989 World Tour 50,703 $5,999,690 Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Martha Hunt & Gigi Hadid were special guests.[65][66] [67]
August 22, 2015 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Brantley Gilbert
Chase Rice
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour 49,285 $4,903,524 [68]
August 29, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On The Road Again Tour 42,767 $2,700,684 During the performance, Liam Payne and Niall Horan, respectively, made a cover of "22" by Taylor Swift, because of the 22nd birthday of both.
September 8, 2015 AC/DC Vintage Trouble Rock Or Bust World Tour 43,000 TBA [69][70]
October 30, 2015 Luke Bryan Florida Georgia Line
Randy Houser
Thomas Rhett
Dustin Lynch
DJ Rock
Kick the Dust Up Tour TBA TBA
June 14, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 41,524 $5,471,395 This concert was originally scheduled to take place on May 29, 2016, but was rescheduled due to "scheduling changes". During the show, she dedicated "Halo" to the victims affected by the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. [71][72]
June 23, 2016 Guns N' Roses Alice in Chains Not in This Lifetime... Tour 44,439 $4,776,766
September 3, 2017 U2 Patti Smith The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 [73][74]
August 4, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
Trip Around the Sun Tour TBA TBA
August 28, 2018 Taylor Swift TBA The Reputation Stadium Tour TBA TBA [75]

Kid Rock held his 40th birthday party with a performance at Ford Field on January 15, 2011 to kick off the tour of his new album Born Free.

Photo gallery

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Further reading

  • Fisher, Dale (2003). Building Michigan: A Tribute to Michigan's Construction Industry. Grass Lake, Michigan: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 1-891143-24-7. 

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