The Detroit Lions moved into Ford Field in 2002 after having played the previous 26 seasons at the Pontiac Silverdome. The team and the entire community welcomed the new stadium. It is very modern and high tech, the perfect place for football in Detroit for quite some time.
Here are some fun facts and interesting information about Ford Field.
-The address of the stadium is 2000 Brush Street, Detroit, Michigan, 48226.
-Ground was broken on construction of the facility on November 16th, 1999.
-The official owner of the stadium is the Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority.
-Ford Field cost $430 million to build.
-From 2002 to 2008, Ford Field was home of the Motor City Bowl.
-Starting in 2009, the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl has been a regular tenant.
-In 2007, Ford Field hosted WrestleMania XXIII.
-In 2009, Ford Field hosted the NCAA Final Four.
-In 2010, Ford Field in Detroit served as the home field for the Minnesota Vikings in a game against the New York Giants. The Metrodome in Minneapolis had sustained significant damage due to heavy snow causing a tear in the lining.
-As a result of the long drought Detroit has of never being on Monday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings home game played in 2010 in Ford Field was the first Monday night game ever played in the stadium and it didn’t even involve the stadium’s regular NFL tenant.
-The 2006 NFL Championship, Super Bowl XL, was held at Ford Field.
-Ford Field is right across the street from Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.
-The Ford company paid $40 million for the naming rights of the facility for 20 years.
-Though Ford Field is a modern stadium, it incorporates a Hudson’s warehouse that was built in the 1920s as one of its outside walls.
-Since 2004, the football stadium has hosted the yearly Mid-American Conference Championship Game.