Ford Field is in Detroit and is the home of the Detroit Lions. It opened in August 2002 with a Lions-Steelers preseason game. Ford Field originally cost $500 million to build and is generally considered to be one of the best facilities in the country. Because Ford Field is in the upper Midwest it has a dome roof so it is always comfortable inside. It is host to many events throughout the year, besides NFL football games, including home and garden shows and music concerts. Ford Field has been the host of the NCAA Final Four and the Superbowl.
The stadium is in the heart of downtown Detroit, Michigan. It is conveniently located between major highways so it is easy to find and easy to leave after the game. Next door to Ford Field is Comerica Park, which is home to the Detroit Tigers. There are also a few restaurants and bars worth checking out. The best of these include The Elwood directly in front of Ford Field and Hockeytown Café which is in front of nearby Comerica Park. There is a lot to do before and after games in the general area around Ford Field.
Ford Field seats 65,000 people and has a wide selection of luxury suites. Despite the size of the stadium the seating feels intimate. A good view can be had from just about anywhere at Ford Field. There are no obstructed view seats and even sitting in the upper deck offers good sight lines. There are two large video screens located at each end zone to view replays and highlights.
You can get the usual assortment of game day vittles at Ford Field. There are hot dogs and beer and popcorn. A dog will set you back $5.75, an original Big Boy double decker hamburger will cost $5.50 and beer is generally $7.50.
Parking for Ford Field is available all around downtown Detroit. Prices range from free to $20. Free parking is offered by a few local restaurants. They are a couple of miles away, but offer free rides to the stadium. Generally parking starts at $10.00 for a 10 minute walk and is $20 right near the stadium. Most lots offer easy in and out spots. Just look for the flag wavers as you drive down Woodward Ave.
Ford Field gets very, very loud when the home team in playing well. The fans are passionate and the stadium has very good acoustics. The sound reverberates and rocks the foundation of the stadium. The only downside is the pubic address announcer and speaker system isn’t very good. Audio is often mumbled or gargled and it can be difficult to hear what the PA is saying.
If you have the chance to take in a game or event at Ford Field it is highly recommended that you check it out. It is a world class facility in an up and coming downtown area. An evening at Ford Field will be one to remember.