Ford Field Facts & History

General Information

Project: Ford Field, Home of the Detroit Lions, Inc.


2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-2000‚Äč

The Stadium Collection Hours

Monday – Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays before home games

General Information

  • Project: Ford Field, Home of the Detroit Lions, Inc.
  • Location: Detroit, Mich.
  • Address: 2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226
  • Main Phone: (313) 262-2000
  • Sports use: Professional Football, Other Sports
  • Cost: $500 Million
  • Entertainment use: Concerts, Conventions, Tradeshows, Other
  • First scheduled game: Detroit Lions vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Preseason; August 24, 2002
  • Construction schedule: 32 months
  • Completion date: August 2002
  • Sources of funding: Public Funding
    • City of Detroit
    • Detroit Downtown Development Authority
    • Wayne County
    • Private Funding
    • The Detroit Lions, Inc.
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Comerica Bank
    • Corporate Founding Investors

Stadium Access

  • Gate entrances: 8
  • Main entrance doors: 32; 3’2”x8’7”
  • Escalators: 8
  • Elevators: 15
  • Staircases: 23
  • Accessible ramps: 5



We invite you to tour Ford Field for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Detroit’s crown jewel and the home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. Ford Field represents Detroit’s history and its future in a single venue.

We welcome you to experience this innovation in architecture, as Ford Field integrates the Detroit Lions stadium into the historical old Hudson's warehouse built in the 1920's.

Also, get a peek at a Ford Field suite, an NFL locker room, walk down the tunnel to the field and stand on the turf for a player's view of the stadium.

Each 25-person tour will start from Gate A or Gate G and will last approximately one hour.

Tour Prices:

Adults: $10.00
Children: $7.00
Seniors: $7.00
Children under 5:  Free

Reservations & advance purchase not required for walk-up tours. 

Tour tickets may be purchased by cash, MasterCard or Visa at the Ford Field Gate G ticket windows located on St. Antoine Street. All tours begin inside Ford Field at Gate G.

Book a Tour Online

Group Tours:
Groups of 25 or more can schedule tours Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm. Weekend and evening tours are available for groups of 75 or more. 

Group tours of 25 or more may be scheduled by calling 313.262.2396.

Tour Information:
Please arrive to Ford Field at least ten minutes prior to your tour time. Enter at Gate A on Brush Street or at Gate G on St. Antoine Street. 

Parking is available in the Ford Field Parking Deck on St. Antoine Street. Parking is generally $6 per vehicle on non Ford Field or Comerica Park event days. 

Detroit Tiger game days and other large events may dictate the availability of public parking. 

Tours will not be conducted on large event days and major holidays. Tours are subject to cancellation and routes may vary according to availability. 

Please call the tour hotline at 313.262.2100, or email Chris Judd at, for additional information.

Seating Information

  • Overall Capacity: 65,000
  • Lower and upper bowl seats manufacturer: Hussey Seating Company
  • Size of upper and lower bowl seats: 19”
  • Suites
  • Number of suites: 129
  • Suites in warehouse (south side): 112
  • Suites on north side: 17
  • Variety of suites: 8
  • Capacity range of individual suites: 8-50
  • Suite seat manufacturer: Visteon Corporation
  • Size of suite seats: 21”

Field Level

  • Playing surface: FieldTurf Classic HD
  • Area of field level: 97,000 sq. ft.
  • Score Boards/ Video Boards/ Audio
  • Video Board Manufacturer: Daktronics, Inc.
  • Number of video boards: 2; located in endzones
  • Endzone video boards size: 27 feet by 96 feet
  • Other scoreboards: 4, located club level
  • Type: Pro-Ad, LED facia boards
  • Size: 3’ by 150’
  • Approximate Span: From endzone to 30-yard line
  • Matrix Scoreboards: 2, in each endzone
  • Speaker Manufacturer: JBL
  • Total Number of Speakers: 1,050
  • Range of Wattage of Speakers: 8 – 1,000 watts
  • Total Wattage of Speakers: 500,000 watts

Club Level

  • Number of club seats: 7,251
  • Club seat manufacturer: Visteon Corporation
  • Size of club seats: 21”


  • Concessionaire: Levy Restaurants
  • Concession stands: 50 permanent, 75 portable

Rest Rooms

  • Public restrooms (not including private suite facilities): 105
  • Men: 43
  • Women: 49
  • Family: 13

Press Box Information

  • Press Level: Level 7
  • Number of seats: 262
  • Seats in main writers booth: 196
  • Working Booths on Press Level: 11
  • Location of Network TV Booth: Club Level
  • Size of Network TV Booth: 900 sq. ft.

Facts & Extra Points


Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions, is comprised of approximately 1.85 million square feet with four levels of suites, a level of club seating, and a ground level designated for restaurants, concessions and retail.

The unique design incorporates the old Hudson’s warehouse (established in the 1920’s) as part of the industry-leading sports and entertainment development that will include banquet facilities, restaurants, office space, retail services, food courts, lounge areas and all private suites.

The $500 million complex boasts a seven-story atrium within the warehouse. At the end of the atrium (the southeast corner of the stadium) is a glass wall, which provides a picturesque view of the Detroit skyline.

Ford Field claims the best sight lines of any football stadium in the United States, made available by a design that omits the traditional club and suite levels, thereby lowering the upper level.

There are a total of 65,000 seats, including over 7,000 club seats that feature wide padded seats, private lounges, upscale food service, and preferred parking.

Ford Field hosts dozens of events each year, including Detroit Lions football games, other sporting events such as the Quick Lane Bowl, concerts, banquets, tradeshows, business meetings, and conventions. The expected yearly attendance of all events is estimated to be nearly 1.5 million.

A restaurant-quality dining experience for suites, private clubs, specialty concessions and special events of all sizes is provided by Levy Restaurants Sports and Entertainment Group.

Design And Construction Teams

  • Architect/Engineer of Record: SmithGroup (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Architects: Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects (San Francisco, Calif.) Hamilton Anderson Associates, Inc. (Detroit, Mich.) Rossetti Associates Architects (Birmingham, Mich.)
  • Stadium Structural Engineers: Thorton-Tomasetti (New York, N.Y.)
  • Environmental Graphics: Ellerbe-Becket (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Team Store Designers: ST2/Thrive (Portland, Ore.)
  • General Contractors-Stadium: Hunt/Jenkins
  • General Contractors-Warehouse: White/Olson, LLC

Construction Timeline


August 20, 1996: Lions announce plans to build new domed stadium in downtown Detroit.

November 5, 1996: Voters in Wayne County overwhelmingly approve a referendum by the largest margin of victory in NFL stadium election history (68-32 percent) which will allow the Detroit Lions to build a domed stadium in downtown Detroit adjacent to a new baseball park for the Detroit Tigers.

November 16, 1999: Lions host groundbreaking ceremony “From the Ground Up” unveiling renderings and officially naming the new stadium, Ford Field.

February 2000: Workers begin installing 380 concrete caissons into the hard pan, which is a densely compacted layer of gravel located approximately 100 feet below the surface that rests on top of the bedrock, to provide stability to the structure of the bowl.

April 17, 2000: Demolition of a 250,000 square-foot portion of the old Hudson’s Warehouse begins. The razed area will be the site of the glass wall located on the southwest corner of Ford Field.

April 24, 2000: Lions award construction contracts. Partnership between Indianapolis, Ind.-based Hunt Construction Group and Detroit-owned Jenkins Construction is contracted to build the majority of Ford Field, including the playing field, seating bowl and roof, and White/Olson, LLC of Detroit is contracted to handle the reconstruction of the Warehouse.

June 13, 2000: Above grade cast-in-place concrete begins to start shaping the stadium’s upper bowl.

September 2000: Below-grade foundation work north of warehouse site is completed.

October 2000: Roof/atrium work begins on warehouse.

November 1, 2000: NFL owners unanimously approve the city of Detroit to host Super Bowl XL at Ford Field February 5, 2006.

November 17, 2000: launches Ford Field Web Cam to provide views with real-time updates of construction progress.

November 2000: Lions open new marketing and project office at Harmonie Park in Detroit.

December 2000: Caissons installation completed.

April 28, 2001: First steel lifted 120 feet in southwest corner of stadium to begin assembling roof structure.

October 2001: Upper bowl seats installation begins.

November 2, 2001: First massive roof lift completed. The lift of this magnitude is the first of its kind in the United States. The steel, weighing approximately 2,800 tons (5.6 million lbs.) and spanning 450 feet, is lifted by a computerized system of pulleys, cables and jacks.

December 2001: Workers begin removing approximately 300,000 cubic yards of soil and clay to shape the lower bowl and field level portion of the stadium.

December 16, 2001: Second massive roof truss lift completed.

January 24, 2002: Lions ticket office relocates to downtown office at Harmonie Park in downtown Detroit. Ticket operations scheduled to move into Ford field in Fall 2002.

February 11, 2002: Lions ticket office begins season ticket holders seat relocation process. First appointments include accounts dating back to 1950.

March 28, 2002: NFL releases 2002 schedule, with the Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers September 22 in the inaugural regular season game at Ford Field.

May 2002: Video boards installed.

May 1, 2002: Installation of lower bowl seats begins.

May 2, 2002: Ford Field announces Levy Restaurants as its official caterer and concessionaire at a food testing at the Harmonie Park Ford Field Project.

May 7, 2002: Ford Field slates The Rolling Stones as the stadium’s first major concert scheduled for October 12, 2002.

Projects completed in June 2002:

  • Installation of all upper bowl and suite seats.
  • Two 97 feet-by-27 feet LED digital video scoreboards installed.
  • Bathrooms completed.
  • Concession stands outfitted with equipment.
  • Carpet installed in banquet rooms, suites and press box.
  • Brick-like concrete pathways poured to for glass wall (southwest) atrium.
  • One-half of field level construction completed.
  • One-half of seats in the lower bowl installed.
  • Brick paving of Adams Street begins.

Project completed in July 2002:

  • Three-quarters of field level poured.
  • Final one-quarter of field level graded and prepared.
  • Lower-bowl seating installation continues.
  • Roof membrane (a type of skin-like finish) installed.
  • East side upper glass wall finished.
  • Fixtures in suites installed and cleaned.
  • Kitchen equipment calibrated.
  • Stadium sound system installed in roof structure.
  • White baffling material from ceiling hanged to reduce acoustic distortion.
  • Roof installation completed.
  • Sound and video system and scoreboard calibrated.
  • Seat cup holders installed.
  • Main glass wall (southwest) atrium glass installed.

Projects completed in August 2002:

  • Lions move Harmonie Park offices into Ford Field warehouse.
  • Stadium exterior brick walkways paved.
  • Final section of field level poured.
  • FieldTurf installed.
  • Stadium exterior landscaped.
  • Ford Field stadium staff trained.

Site And Building Information

  • Entire worksite area: 25 acres (approximately)
  • Total square feet of building: 1,826,250 (includes lease space)
  • Type of foundation: Caissons
  • Type frame: Concrete and Steel
  • Type roof frame: Structural Steel
  • Deepest penetration into ground (caissons): 128 feet from main concourse level
  • Deepest penetration into ground (field level): 40’10” from main concourse level
  • Highest point above ground once completed: 128 feet from main concourse
  • Total cubic yards of concrete to be used: 58,560 cubic yards
  • Total material excavated for lower bowl and field level: 300,000 cubic yards

Additional Stadium Information

  • First aid rooms: 6
  • ATMs: 4
  • Ticket Will Call Location: Gate A (corner of Brush St. and Adams St.)
  • Total locker rooms: 11

The New Ford Field Renovation Project


FEBRUARY 15, 2017: The Detroit Lions announced that the Ford Family is investing approximately $100 million into Ford Field for new video boards and several other renovations to be completed in time for the 2017 Detroit Lions season. In addition to replacing the videoboards, the sound system will be further upgraded along with The Corner Lounge, stadium suites and premium club areas on both the north and south side of the stadium.