Ford Field History
Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, is
one of the league's premier venues, costing $500 million to build. Set in downtown Detroit, Ford Field was built to give fans
the best views of any venue in the NFL, with the upper levels closer to the field than any other stadium. Originally planned
as an outdoor stadium, Ford Field offers fans plenty of natural light, through skylights, offering fans an incredible game
day experience. Opening in 2002 as a part of a complex that includes the picturesque Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers,
Ford Field is known for its incorporation of the 1920's era Hudson Warehouse. The warehouse houses 132 suites, shops and amazing
restaurants, and adds a piece of Detroit history to the new, modern center of downtown Detroit.
home of the NFL's Detroit Lions since it opened in 2002, Ford Field is one of the league's most spectacular venues. Besides
the regular season games for the Lions, Ford Field has hosted many great events, including Super Bowl XL in 2006, when the
Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks. Hosting a Super Bowl is an enormous boon for a city, especially in a cold
weather climate. Ford Field saw a record 80,000 fans see WrestleMania 23 in the new stadium, in 2007, an incredible feat for
an NFL stadium. The stadium has also hosted an incredible college basketball game, when 78,000 plus fans watched the Michigan
State Spartans face off against the Kentucky Wildcats in an exciting events known as Basketbowl on December 13, 2003. The
NCAA was extremely pleased with the incredible draw of this game that they awarded the 2009 NCAA Final Four to Detroit in
2009, where the North Carolina Tarheels defeated the hometown Michigan State Spartans in the championship game. Ford Field
also served as the host the NCAA Men's Hockey Frozen Four in 2010 when the Boston College Eagles defeated the Wisconsin Badgers
to win the title. Over the years, Ford Field has proven that it can host any sport and the highest levels.
Detroit, Michigan, set on the US-Canada border, is an All American city. The home of "Big Three", Chrysler,
General Motors and Ford, Detroit is the home of the American automakers who have shaped the fate of Detroit, good and bad.
Besides automobiles, Detroit has also influenced the world with its groundbreaking art and music, especially the famed Motown
Records. Motown was founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy Jr and launched the career of icons of American music like Smokey Robinson,
Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops and The Jackson Five. Motown became more than just a record label,
but a symbol of racial integration when black recording artists broke down barriers and ruled the airwaves. Detroit has had
its ups and downs, but is critical to the social, economic and artistic history of America.
Ford Field Trivia
famed venue did Ford Field replace?
The opening of Ford Field in 2002 marked the end of the famed Pontiac Silverdome,
which had been the home of the Detroit Lions since 1975. The Pontiac Silverdome had hosted everything from World Cup Soccer
games, NBA regular season and All Star Games, NFL games, WrestleMania, USFL and college football Bowl Games.