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Encyclopedia > Ford Field
Ford Field

Ford Field
Location 2000 Brush Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Broke ground November 16, 1999
Opened August 24, 2002
Owner Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority
Operator Detroit Lions
Surface FieldTurf
Construction cost $430 million
Architect SHG, Inc.
Rossetti Architects
Hamilton Anderson Associates, Inc.
Tenants
Detroit Lions (NFL) (2002-present)
Motor City Bowl (NCAA) (2002-present)
Capacity
65,000 (for football)
78,000 (for basketball)

Ford Field is an indoor football stadium located in Detroit, Michigan that is the home of the Detroit Lions of the NFL. It is across the street from Comerica Park. It regularly seats 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball. The naming rights were paid for by Ford at $40 million over 20 years; the Ford family (including Lions owner William Clay Ford, Sr.) holds a controlling interest in the company. Image File history File links Fflogo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 1948 KB) Ford Field in Detroit on September 10, 2006. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) Area  - City  143. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 236th day of the year (237th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The wide plain of FieldTurf used at Torontos Rogers Centre was installed after the 2004 baseball season. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Motor City Bowl is a major post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually since 1997. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games This article is about the building type. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Founded 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) Area  - City  143. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Comerica Park is a baseball stadium located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on worldwide vehicle sales. ... William Clay Ford (born March 14, 1925) is the youngest of the four grandchildren of Henry Ford and a child of Edsel Ford. ...

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Design

Ford Field was planned 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 an estimated $430 million to build, financed largely through public money and the sale of the naming rights. 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in April, 2000. ... Tiger Stadium with football configuration. ... A disputed record setting 93,173 fans in attendance for WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


The stadium's design incorporates a six-story former J.L. Hudson's warehouse, which had stood since the 1920s. Architecturally, the stadium shares a likeness with its sister stadium Ford Center, a multipurpose sports/concert arena located in downtown Oklahoma City. The Hudsons Logo Hudsons or The J.L. Hudson Company was a major retail department store chain based in Detroit. ... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... The Ford Center is an multipurpose indoor sports/concert arena located in downtown Oklahoma City. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


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 endlines, 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. Soldier Field is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently home to the NFLs Chicago Bears. ...


Unlike most indoor stadiums, Ford Field allows a large amount of natural light to reach the playing field, thanks to immense skylights and large glass windows at the open corners. 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.


Major events

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. Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Team colors Black and Gold Head Coach Mike Tomlin Owner Dan Rooney General manager Kevin Colbert League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949) Western Division (1944) American Conference (1950–1952) Eastern Conference (1953–1969) Century Division (1967–1969) American Football... City Seattle, Washington Team colors Pacific Blue, Navy Blue, Neon Green, White Head Coach Mike Holmgren Owner Paul Allen General manager Tim Ruskell Mascot Blitz, and Taima the augur hawk League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1977-2001) AFC West (1977-2001) National Football Conference... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


The stadium is home to the Motor City Bowl featuring a top Mid-American Conference team and a Big Ten Conference team. It has also hosted the annual Mid-American Conference Championship Game since 2004. On December 13, 2003, Ford Field hosted the second largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game, as 78,129 people packed the stadium to watch University of Kentucky defeat Michigan State University, 84-79. The MHSAA Football Finals also take place on Thanksgiving weekend, drawing over 60,000 fans. The Motor City Bowl is a major post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually since 1997. ... The Mid-American Conference is a College Athletic Conference whose members are located mainly in the Midwestern United States; nine of the schools are in Ohio and Michigan alone. ... The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest Division I college athletic conference. ... The Mid-American Conference has played a championship game putting the winners of the East and West divisions against one another since 1997, when the conference was divided into divisions. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 13 is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ...


On April 1, 2007, Ford Field hosted World Wrestling Entertainment's WrestleMania 23. The event set a Ford Field attendance record of 80,103. 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. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... WrestleMania 23 was the twenty-third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... A disputed record setting 93,173 fans in attendance for WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. ... WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


The University of Detroit Mercy and Ford Field is also scheduled to host 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament regional semifinal and final games (March 28 and 30, 2008), the 2009 Final Four (April 5 and 7, 2009), hosted by University of Detroit Mercy, and the 2010 Frozen Four (April 8 and 10, 2010). University of Detroit Mercy is the largest and most comprehensive Catholic University in Michigan. ... The 2008 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament will involve 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 89th day of the year (90th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Final Four is a sports term that is commonly applied to the last four teams remaining in a playoff tournament. ... April 5 is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Frozen Four is the trademarked name of the final two rounds of the NCAA Division I championship of ice hockey in the USA. Schools advance in a single-elimination tournament from four regional sites to a single site, where the national semifinals and final game are played. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 100th day of the year (101st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


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External links

  • Official site
  • Motor City Bowl

Coordinates: 42°20′24.56″N, 83°2′44.91″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Preceded by
Pontiac Silverdome
1975-2001
Home of the
Detroit Lions

2002-present
Succeeded by
current home
Preceded by
Alamodome
Host of NCAA Final Four
2009
Succeeded by
Lucas Oil Stadium
Preceded by
Alltel Stadium
Super Bowl XXXIX
Host of Super Bowl XL
2006
Succeeded by
Dolphin Stadium
Super Bowl XLI
Preceded by
Allstate Arena
Host of WrestleMania 23
2007
Succeeded by
Citrus Bowl


A disputed record setting 93,173 fans in attendance for WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Alamodome is a multi-purpose facility that is primarily used as a football/basketball stadium and convention center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The facility opened on May 15, 1993, at a cost of $186 million. ... The playoff term Final Four was originally popularized to refer to the final four teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament; these are the champions of the tournaments four regional brackets, and the only teams remaining on the tournaments final weekend. ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lucas Oil Stadium is a retractable roof sports facility currently under construction in Indianapolis. ... Alltel Stadium is a football stadium located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida next to the St. ... Date February 6, 2005 Stadium ALLTEL Stadium City Jacksonville, Florida MVP Deion Branch, Wide receiver Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S... Date February 5, 2006 Stadium Ford Field City Detroit, Michigan MVP Hines Ward, wide receiver Favorite Steelers by 4 National anthem Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John, ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia Coin toss Tom Brady Referee Bill Leavy Halftime show The Rolling Stones Attendance 68,206 TV in... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Interior of Dolphin Stadium, football configuration Dolphin Stadium, baseball configuration Dolphin Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium[1], and Dolphins Stadium) is a football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a suburb north of Miami. ... Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 7, over/under line 49. ... The Allstate Arena is a sports arena in Rosemont, Illinois, which is home to the Chicago Wolves hockey club, DePaul University mens basketball, and the Chicago Rush Arena football team. ... WrestleMania 23 was the twenty-third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Florida Citrus Bowl (official name is Orlando-Orange County Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida, USA, built for American football and currently seats over 65,000. ...

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