Ford Field

Ford Field is a multi-purpose domed stadium located in Downtown Detroit. It primarily serves as the home of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL), as well as the annual Quick Lane Bowl college football bowl game, state championship football games for the MHSAA, and, as of 2018, the MHSAA State Wrestling Championships. The regular seating capacity is approximately 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball. The naming rights were purchased by the Ford Motor Company at $40 million over 20 years; the Ford family holds a controlling interest in the company, and a member of the Ford family has controlled ownership of the Lions franchise since 1963.

Ford Field
Ford Field
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Ford Field in 2015
Ford Field is located in Michigan
Ford Field
Ford Field
Location in Michigan
Ford Field is located in the United States
Ford Field
Ford Field
Location in the United States
Address2000 Brush Street[1]
LocationDetroit, Michigan[1]
Coordinates42°20′24″N 83°2′44″W / 42.34000°N 83.04556°WCoordinates: 42°20′24″N 83°2′44″W / 42.34000°N 83.04556°W
Public transitDPM icon.png QLINE Logo.svg Grand Circus Park
OwnerDetroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority[2]
OperatorDetroit Lions[3]
CapacityFootball: 65,000 (expandable to 70,000)
Basketball: 78,000
Record attendanceWrestleMania 23: 80,103 (April 1, 2007)[4][5]
SurfaceFieldTurf[6]
Construction
Broke groundNovember 16, 1999[1]
OpenedAugust 24, 2002[1]
Renovated2017[7]
Construction costUS$500 million
($696 million in 2018 dollars[8])
ArchitectRossetti Architects
Hamilton Anderson Associates, Inc.
Kaplan, McLaughlin, Diaz Architects[1]
Project managerHammes Company[9]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti[1]
Services engineerSmithGroup[1]
General contractorHunt/Jenkins/White/Olson JV[1]
Tenants
Detroit Lions (NFL) (2002–present)
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (NCAA) (2002–2013)
Quick Lane Bowl (NCAA) (2014–present)

History

Planning and construction

In 1975, the Lions moved to the Pontiac Silverdome after playing at Tiger Stadium from 1938–1939, 1941–1974.[10][11] By the mid 1990s, they began exploring the possibility of returning to the city of Detroit in order to build a new stadium.[12] On August 20, 1996, the Lions announced their intention to build a new stadium in Downtown Detroit. On November 5, 1996, voters approved a referendum for the stadium.[1][12]

Groundbreaking for the stadium occurred on November 16, 1999 as part of a downtown revitalization plan for the city of Detroit, which included Comerica Park.[1][13]

Design

The stadium's design incorporates a former Hudson's warehouse, which was constructed in the 1920s.[14] The warehouse was converted to office space and currenly has Campbell Ewald and Bodman as tenants.[15]

The presence of the warehouse allows for a seating arrangement that's unique among professional American football stadiums. The majority of suites are located in the warehouse along the stadium's southern sideline, as are the lounges that serve the premium club seats on that side of the field.[1][14] The bulk of the grandstand seats are located along the northern sideline and both end-lines, 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.[14]

Unlike most domed stadiums, Ford Field allows a large amount of natural light to reach the field, thanks to immense skylights and large glass windows at the open corners.[16] The windows along the ceiling are frosted to mimic the automotive factories that are prevalent in Metro Detroit. The south entrance provides the seating bowl and concourse with sunlight year-round and also offers fans a view of downtown Detroit.[12][17] To prevent the stadium from becoming an overly imposing presence in the Detroit skyline, the playing field is 45 feet below street level, similar to the design at adjacent Comerica Park.[12][18]

Ford Field is one of the few venues in the NFL that has end zones in the east and the west. There is no NFL rule for field construction regarding sunlight distracting players on the field.[19] The east–west end zone design accommodated the Hudson warehouse location. The natural light is not a distraction to the players in a day game, because the light only reaches as far as the sidelines, leaving the field still properly lit with the combination of artificial stadium lighting and sunlight.

In 2017, Ford Field underwent its first major renovation. The $100 million renovation included new video boards, a new sound system, updated suites, and the renovation of multiple restaurants, clubs, and bars on the property.[7]

Major events

Football

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 in front of 68,206 in attendance. It also marked the final game in the 13-year career for Steelers running back, and Detroit native, Jerome Bettis.[20][21]

The stadium was home to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl sponsored by Detroit-based Little Caesars (previously known as the Motor City Bowl and jointly sponsored by the Big Three automakers headquartered in Detroit – Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors) from 2002 until 2013. It featured a top Mid-American Conference team and a Big Ten Conference team.[22] The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was replaced by the Quick Lane Bowl, featuring teams from the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference, and backed by the Lions and Ford.[23] It has also hosted the annual MAC Football Championship Game since 2004.[24]

Ford Field has been the site of several neutral site regular season college football games, including Western Michigan vs. Illinois in 2008 and Michigan State vs. Florida Atlantic in 2010.[25][26]

On December 13, 2010, the Minnesota Vikings played a home game at Ford Field against the New York Giants after the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's inflatable roof collapsed due to a rip in the roofing material caused by heavy snow accumulation.[27][28][29] The roof failure forced the already postponed game to be moved elsewhere, and after deliberations, the NFL chose Ford Field.[27] It was the first ever regular season Monday night game played at Ford Field.[30] The Lions hosted their first ever Monday Night Football game in Ford Field on October 10, 2011 against the Chicago Bears.[31]

A Buffalo Bills home game against the New York Jets was played at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 after a major lake effect snowstorm hit western New York, causing the game to be moved from Ralph Wilson Stadium.[32] The Bills won the game 38–3.[33][34]

Basketball

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Ford Field is transformed into a basketball arena in preparation for the 2008 Midwest Regional Finals.

On December 13, 2003, Ford Field hosted the then largest crowd ever to attend a basketball game, as 78,129 people packed the stadium for the Basketbowl, where the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Michigan State Spartans, 79–74.[35][36]

The University of Detroit Mercy and Ford Field hosted the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament regional semifinal and final games (March 28 and 30).[37][38][39][40][41] Ford Field was the site of the 2009 Final Four (April 4 and 6).[42][43][44][45][46] For the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament, the court was placed in the center of the football field rather than in an end of the stadium. This was the first time this configuration was used for NCAA Tournament play with the new 70,000-seat capacity rule in effect.[47]

College hockey

The 2010 Frozen Four was held on April 8 and 10 with Boston College defeating Wisconsin to win the championship. This has been the only time NCAA hockey has used a football stadium for the championship and resulted in the largest attendance (37,592) at a Frozen Four event.[48]

High school competitions

Ford Field has hosted the MHSAA football state championships since 2005. It also hosted the MHSAA individual wrestling state finals in 2018.[49]

The stadium has been used to host the MCBA finals, where Michigan high school marching bands compete to be the best in the state.[50]

Soccer

Ford Field hosted two group stage matches of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament on June 7, 2011.[51] Panama played Guadeloupe in the first match, while the United States played Canada in the second match.[52][53]

Date Winning Team Result Losing Team Tournament Spectators
June 7, 2011  Panama 3–2  Guadeloupe 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C 28,209
 United States 2–0  Canada

Other competitions

The Professional Bull Riders brought their Built Ford Tough Series tour to Ford Field for the first time ever on March 10, 2012.[54] Ford Field is the second Detroit area venue the BFTS has visited; they had visited The Palace of Auburn Hills in 2001, 2006 and 2007.[55][56][57]

The United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) holds multiple Monster Jam Monster Truck races at Ford Field. These races were previously held in the Pontiac Silverdome until it was closed. AMA Supercross Championship, also a Feld Entertainment competition, has competed at Ford Field from 2006 to 2008 and 2014 to 2017. The USHRA usually runs 2-3 events a year at Ford Field.

Other events

On April 1, 2007, Ford Field hosted World Wrestling Entertainment's WrestleMania 23.[5] This event set a Ford Field attendance record of 80,103.[4] 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.[58]

Ford Field hosted the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Midwest Regional in 2007 and 2014.[59][60]

In 2015, Ford Field housed the large group gatherings of the ELCA Youth Gathering.[61]

On November 18, 2017, Ford Field hosted the Beatification Mass of Fr. Solanus Casey, a Capuchin Franciscan Friar who ministered at the nearby St. Bonaventure Monastery on Mt. Elliott. The near-capacity crowd was one of the largest Catholic masses in Detroit history.[62]

Ford Field will host the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship from 2018 to 2020 along with the nearby Cobo Center.[63]

Concerts

Date Artist(s) Supporting act(s) Tour Attendance Revenue Note(s) Reference(s)
October 12, 2002 The Rolling Stones No Doubt Licks Tour This was the first concert at the stadium. [64]
July 12–13, 2003 Eminem 50 Cent
Missy Elliott
95,709 / 96,707 $5,257,000 [65][66]
February 5, 2006 The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang 68,206 This concert was a part of Super Bowl XL. [67]
April 7–8, 2006 Delirious? Tim Hughes
Reuben Morgan
The Mission Bell Tour The band used Paul Evans as a stand-in drummer instead of regular drummer Stew Smith who stayed at home to be with his family. [68][69]
August 26, 2006 Kenny Chesney Dierks Bentley
Carrie Underwood
The Road & The Radio Tour 44,836 / 44,836 $3,408,357 [70]
August 18, 2007 Brooks & Dunn Flip Flop Summer 2007 Tour 47,470 / 47,470 $4,112,541 [71][72]
August 2, 2008 Keith Urban
LeAnn Rimes
Gary Allan
Luke Bryan
Poets & Pirates Tour 46,871 / 48,194 $3,931,995 [73]
November 18, 2008 Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour 30,119 / 30,119 $2,395,900 [74]
August 22, 2009 Kenny Chesney Miranda Lambert
Lady Antebellum
Sugarland
Montgomery Gentry
Sun City Carnival Tour 49,215 / 49,215 $3,843,639 [75]
January 15, 2011 Kid Rock Ty Stone
Jamey Johnson
Born Free Tour This concert was part of his 40th birthday party. Among the guests were Uncle Kracker, Peter Wolfe, Reverend Run, Sheryl Crow, Cindy Crawford, Jimmie Johnson, and Anita Baker. [76][77][78]
June 11, 2011 Taylor Swift Needtobreathe
Frankie Ballard
Randy Montana
Speak Now World Tour 47,992 / 47,992 $3,453,549 [79][80]
August 20, 2011 Kenny Chesney
Zac Brown Band
Billy Currington
Uncle Kracker
Goin' Coastal Tour 48,225 / 48,225 $4,169,719 [81]
August 18, 2012 Kenny Chesney
Tim McGraw
Jake Owen
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Brothers of the Sun Tour 48,943 / 48,943 $4,560,108 [82]
May 4, 2013 Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran
Austin Mahone
Brett Eldredge
The Red Tour 48,265 / 48,265 $3,969,059 [83][84][85]
July 18, 2013 Bon Jovi The J. Geils Band Because We Can 43,142 / 43,142 $2,638,975 [86]
August 6, 2013 Justin Timberlake
Jay-Z
DJ Cassidy Legend of the Summer Stadium Tour 42,035 / 42,035 $3,968,119 [87][88]
August 17, 2013 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Eli Young Band
Kacey Musgraves
No Shoes Nation Tour 45,839 / 45,839 $3,733,711 [89]
August 16–17, 2014 One Direction 5 Seconds of Summer Where We Are Tour 92,428 / 92,428 $8,304,416 During the August 16 performance, the band performed a cover of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus. [90][91]
May 30, 2015 Taylor Swift Vance Joy
Shawn Mendes
The 1989 World Tour 50,703 / 50,703 $5,999,690 Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Martha Hunt & Gigi Hadid were special guests. [92][93][94]
August 22, 2015 Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Brantley Gilbert
Chase Rice
Old Dominion
The Big Revival Tour 49,285 / 49,285 $4,903,524 [95]
August 29, 2015 One Direction Icona Pop On The Road Again Tour 42,767 / 42,767 $2,700,684 This concert took place on Liam Payne's 22nd birthday. [96][97][98]
September 8, 2015 AC/DC Vintage Trouble Rock Or Bust World Tour 43,000 / 43,000 TBA [99][100]
October 30, 2015 Luke Bryan Florida Georgia Line
Randy Houser
Thomas Rhett
Dustin Lynch
Kick the Dust Up Tour 44,004 / 44,004 $3,760,515 [101][102][103]
June 14, 2016 Beyoncé DJ Khaled The Formation World Tour 41,524 / 41,524 $5,471,395 This concert was originally scheduled to take place on May 29, 2016, but was rescheduled due to "scheduling changes". During the show, she dedicated "Halo" to the victims affected by the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting. [104][105]
June 23, 2016 Guns N' Roses Alice in Chains Not in This Lifetime... Tour 44,439 / 44,439 $4,776,766 [106]
October 29, 2016 Luke Bryan Little Big Town
Dustin Lynch
Kill the Lights Tour 39,573 / 45,000 $3,418,006 [107]
September 3, 2017 U2 Beck The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 42,905 / 42,905 $4,936,605 Special appearance by Patti Smith at the end of the Joshua Tree portion of the set during "Mothers of the Disappeared." [108][109]
August 4, 2018 Kenny Chesney Thomas Rhett
Old Dominion
Brandon Lay
The Trip Around the Sun Tour 48,826 / 48,826 $4,968,563 [110][111]
August 13, 2018 Beyoncé
Jay-Z
Chloe X Halle and DJ Khaled On the Run II Tour 43,699 / 43,699 $5,310,376 [112]
August 28, 2018 Taylor Swift Camila Cabello
Charli XCX
Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour 49,464 / 49,464 $6,597,852 [113]
September 8, 2018 Ed Sheeran Snow Patrol
Anne-Marie
÷ Tour 47,804 / 47,804 $4,481,290 [114]
October 26, 2018 Luke Bryan Sam Hunt
Jon Pardi
Morgan Wallen
What Makes You Country Tour TBA TBA [114]
October 25, 2019 Luke Bryan Cole Swindell
Jon Langston
DJ Rock
Sunset Repeat Tour TBA TBA [115]

Photo gallery

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A wide angle view of Ford Field before a Detroit Lions game.

Ford Field exterior

Ford Field allows natural light to penetrate through gray translucent roof panels.

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Before the 2006 Mid-American Conference Championship game.

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Ford Field playing surface.

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2006 MAC Championship: Central Michigan University vs. Ohio University.

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Aerial view of Ford Field.

Ford Field 2007

Thousands wait to enter Ford Field for WrestleMania 23 on April 1, 2007.

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An attendance record setting 80,103 fans at Ford Field for WrestleMania 23.

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WrestleMania 23 stage at Ford Field.

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Ford Field on Super Bowl XL Sunday, countdown to kickoff on Comerica Park's scoreboard.

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Exterior in 2015.

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Before 2018 Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions game.

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Further reading

  • Fisher, Dale (2003). Building Michigan: A Tribute to Michigan's Construction Industry. Grass Lake, Michigan: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 1-891143-24-7.

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2002 Motor City Bowl

The 2002 Motor City Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Boston College Eagles and the Toledo Rockets on December 26, 2002, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Boston College scored touchdowns on its first six possessions and routed Toledo 51-25. It was the sixth time the Motor City Bowl had been played and the final game of the 2002 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams.

The game between the Mid-American Conference (MAC) team Toledo and Big East Conference Boston College was played at neutral-site Ford Field. This was the first Motor City Bowl played at Ford Field; all previous games were played at the Pontiac Silverdome. As then organized the Motor City Bowl matched a MAC team and a team from either the Big Ten, the Big East Conference, or an at-large team. Toledo accepted a bid for the Motor City Bowl after losing to Marshall in the MAC Championship Game. Toledo entered the bowl game as the defending champion, having defeated Cincinnati in the 2001 Motor City Bowl. Boston College was the first Big East team to play in the Motor City Bowl and was playing in its fourth straight bowl game.The bowl game MVP was Boston College quarterback Brian St. Pierre, who completed 25 of 35 passes for 342 yards, a personal career high. Boston College scored on its first six possessions, and its 51 points set a Motor City Bowl record which would later be tied in the 2007 Motor City Bowl when the Purdue Boilermakers defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas 51-48. On a sour note two Toledo players were ejected during the game; one for throwing a punch and another for a late hit out of bounds on St. Pierre.

2005 Detroit Lions season

The 2005 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 76th season in the National Football League, and their 82nd as the Detroit Lions.

The season began with the team attempting to improve on their 6–10 record in 2005. However, they were unable to improve their 2004 record and fell to 5—11.

The Lions began the 2005 season with a win over the rival Packers 17-3. However, the next week, the Lions were throttled, 38-6, by the Bears in Chicago. By week 10, the Lions had a 4-5 record after they had defeated the Arizona Cardinals 29-21 at home. However, the Lions lost 5 straight games following the win, and were eliminated from the playoffs with a 16-13 overtime loss to the Packers. The Lions would win one more game for the rest of the season, which was a 13-12 win over the Saints. The season concluded with a 35-21 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers.

During the season, after the Lions lost 27-7 on Thanksgiving Day to the Atlanta Falcons, the Lions fired Steve Mariucci, and hired Dick Jauron to be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

2008 Detroit Lions season

The 2008 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 79th season in the National Football League (NFL), and their 75th as the Detroit Lions. The season is notable for being only one of four winless seasons in American football history (through 2008). The Lions entered their third season under head coach Rod Marinelli. Entering the season with high hopes thanks to their 7–9 record the year before, their best since the 2000 season, the Lions instead suffered one of the worst seasons in NFL history. Losing all sixteen games. The Lions finished 0–16, joining the expansion 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only other team to finish a full season winless since the AFL–NFL merger, as well as the first to do it since the schedule was expanded to sixteen games in 1978. Ironically, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings had won the Stanley Cup earlier in the year and were on their way to competing for the cup again when this occurred. This season combined with the Lions' 2–14 record the next year was the worst two season record since the merger. A season earlier, the Miami Dolphins almost suffered the same fate as the 2008 Lions,started 0-13, prior to their week 15 OT victory against the Baltimore Ravens that saved them from an 0-16 record.

The Lions gave up 517 points during the season, coming within 16 of matching the 1981 Colts' record of 533 points allowed. The Lions' 32.31 points per game allowed on defense is the third worst of any NFL team since the 1960s, bettering only the 1966 Giants (35.79 PPG) and the aforementioned 1981 Colts (33.31 PPG). The Lions were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by Week 11, when they stood 0–10. Embattled team president and CEO Matt Millen, who had served in those roles since 2001 was fired on September 24, 2008. Marinelli was fired after the season ended along with most of his staff.

To celebrate their 75th year playing as the Lions (they had been known as the Portsmouth Spartans their first four seasons), the Lions wore special throwback uniforms for two home games, a replica of the ones used in 1934, the first year as the Lions. The uniforms had blue jerseys with silver lettering, solid silver pants, blue socks, and solid silver helmets (as helmets were leather back then). This replaced their black alternate jersey used in the 2005 to 2007 seasons.

While unique when it happened, the 2008 Lions' 0–16 record was later matched by the 2017 Cleveland Browns, who went winless after going 1–15 the year before, breaking the Lions' record for the worst post-merger two season record.

2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was a tournament involving 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2008–09 basketball season. It began on March 17, 2009, and concluded with the championship game on April 6 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, where the University of North Carolina defeated Michigan State to become the champion. The 2009 tournament marked the first time for a Final Four having a minimum seating capacity of 70,000 and by having most of the tournament in the February Sweeps of the Nielsen Ratings due to the digital television transition in the United States on June 12, 2009, which also made this the last NCAA Basketball Tournament, in all three divisions, to air in analog television. The University of Detroit Mercy hosted the Final Four, which was the 71st edition.

Prior to the start of the tournament, the top ranked team was Louisville in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls, followed by North Carolina, Memphis, and Pittsburgh. Only the Tar Heels of North Carolina were the regional winners and played in the Final Four. The Tar Heels completed one of the most dominant runs in the tournament's history by winning each of their games by at least twelve points.

For the first time since seeding began, all #1-#3 seeds made it into the Sweet 16, and for the third consecutive time, all #1 seeds made the Elite Eight.

Four schools made their NCAA tournament debut, all respective conference champions: Binghamton (America East), Morgan State (MEAC), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), and North Dakota State (Summit), a school in its first season of Division I eligibility.

2010 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament involved 16 schools in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. The tournament began on March 26, 2010, and ended with the championship game on April 10, in which Boston College defeated Wisconsin 5–0 to win its fourth national championship.

2011 Detroit Lions season

The 2011 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 82nd season in the National Football League, their 78th as the Detroit Lions, the 10th playing its home games at Ford Field and the third year under head coach Jim Schwartz. With a regular season record of 10–6, the team improved on its 6–10 record from 2010, making it their third consecutive improved season. It was the Lions' first winning season since 2000 and first 10 win season since 1995. The Lions' 5–0 start was their best since 1956. With their win over the San Diego Chargers on December 24, the Lions clinched an NFC Wild Card spot in the postseason. After their loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 17, it was determined the Lions would play the New Orleans Saints in one of the NFC Wild Card Games, which the Lions lost 45–28. It was their first playoff berth since 1999.

The Lions ran a pass-heavy offense in 2011, mainly due to early injuries of running backs Mikel Leshoure, who was injured in the preseason and Jahvid Best, who was injured with a concussion in week 6 against the 49ers. Kevin Smith was signed in November as running back, but he too was injured, this time a high ankle sprain during week 11 that inhibited his running. Quarterback Matthew Stafford's 663 passing attempts (41.4 attempts per game) led the league, and they only ran the ball on 33.8% of their plays, a league low. According to statistics site Football Outsiders, the Lions went into shotgun formation a league-leading 68% of offensive plays in 2011. Stafford became only the fourth quarterback to pass for 5,000 yards in a season, and his 5,038 yards passing are 5th-most in NFL history (though only 3rd in the 2011 NFL season).The 474 points that the Lions scored in 2011 are the most in franchise history, and only the second time that the team had scored 400+ points in a season.

2015 Detroit Lions season

The 2015 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 86th season in the National Football League, their 82nd as the Detroit Lions and the second under Head Coach Jim Caldwell. By Week 7 of the season, the Lions had already lost six games, more than they did in the entire 2014 season. This led to the firing of Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi and two other coaches. After falling to 1–7 the following week, the team fired President Tom Lewand and General Manager Martin Mayhew. On November 19, the Lions named Rod Wood as team President. The Lions were eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to St. Louis in week 14. The team had a 6–2 record in the second half of the season to finish at 7–9, good for third place in the NFC North. One highlight of the season was the Lions first win in Green Bay since 1991.

2019 Detroit Lions season

The 2019 Detroit Lions season will be the franchise's 90th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their second year under head coach Matt Patricia.

Albany Great Danes football

For information on all University at Albany sports, see Albany Great DanesThe Albany Great Danes football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University at Albany located in the U.S. state of New York. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a football-only member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The 2013 season was the Great Danes' first in the CAA, following a 14-year tenure in the Northeast Conference.

Albany played football as a club sport in the 1920s, but dropped that program in 1924. The modern era of Albany football began in 1970, when the school restored football as a club sport. The team was upgraded to full varsity status in 1973. From the revival of football in 1970 through 2012, the team played its home games at the 10,000 seat University Field in Albany, New York. Albany opened a new 8,500-seat stadium, Bob Ford Field, for the 2013 season. The stadium is named after Bob Ford, who was the Great Danes' head coach from 1970 through 2013.

Basketbowl

The Basketbowl was a college basketball game between Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky held on December 13, 2003 at Ford Field, a domed American football stadium in Detroit, Michigan. Kentucky won the game 79–74, never trailing throughout the contest.The announced crowd of 78,129 set a record for verified attendance at a basketball game in history. While the record was broken at the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which drew 108,713 to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Basketbowl still holds the record for attendance at a college basketball game.

The NCAA was so impressed with the massive size of the crowd that they decided in 2008 to expand the seating capacity for the Men's Division I Basketball Championship to a minimum of 70,000 starting with the 2009 Final Four, which would be held in that stadium.

Bob Ford Field

Bob Ford Field is a football stadium in Albany, New York that is owned and operated by the University at Albany, SUNY and hosts the school's football team, as well as their soccer program. The stadium, with an initial seating capacity of 8,500, opened on September 14, 2013 when Albany made its debut in Colonial Athletic Association football against Rhode Island. It replaced University Field as the school's current stadium and is named after Bob Ford, who was head coach at Albany from 1970 until retiring at the end of the 2013 season.

Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) North division. The team plays its home games at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.

Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team formally joined the NFL on July 12, 1930 and began play in the 1930 season. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth, then the NFL's smallest city. The team was purchased and relocated to Detroit for the 1934 season.

The Lions have won four NFL championships, tied for 9th overall in total championships among all 32 NFL franchises; however, their last was in 1957, which gives the club the second-longest NFL championship drought behind the Arizona Cardinals. They are one of four current teams and the only NFC team to have not yet played in the Super Bowl. They are also the only franchise to have been in operation for all 52 seasons of the Super Bowl era without having appeared in one (the Cleveland Browns were not in operation for the 1996 to 1998 seasons).

Greektown, Detroit

Greektown is a historic commercial and entertainment district in Detroit, Michigan, located just northeast of the heart of downtown, along Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets with a station on the city's elevated downtown transit system known as the Detroit People Mover. Greektown is also situated between the Renaissance Center, Comerica Park, and Ford Field. The district is dominated by Greek-themed restaurants and includes St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Second Baptist Church, the Athenium Suite Hotel, and the Greektown Casino-Hotel within its boundaries. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The district is often the site of the Greek parade in March.

MAC Football Championship Game

The MAC Football Championship Game is a football game between the winners of the East and West divisions of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) to determine the conference champion. The game has been played since 1997, when the conference was first divided into divisions and since 2003 has been sponsored by Marathon Petroleum (officially known as the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game). The winner of the game is guaranteed a berth in a bowl game which the MAC has contractual obligations to field a team. Unlike the MAC's Group of Five contemporaries, which hold their respective championship games on campus sites, the MAC Championship Game is held at a neutral site, Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan since 2004.

In 2000, 2001, and 2007, due to an unbalanced conference schedule, the team with best division record within each division was awarded that division's championship game berth. In other years, the teams with the best overall conference records received a berth.

The game is held on the first Saturday in December, on the same weekend that other NCAA Division I FBS conferences hold their championship games.

President Gerald R. Ford Field Service Council

The President Ford Field Service Council is a field service council of the Michigan Crossroads Council (MCC), a local council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The President Ford Field Service Council is part of the result of a 2012 merger of nine local councils into Michigan Crossroads Council. The Gerald R. Ford Council and the Scenic Trails Council merged to form the President Ford Field Service Council. The field service council structure is unique within the BSA and necessitated by the large geographic area.

Quick Lane Bowl

The Quick Lane Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that began play in the 2014 season. Backed by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, the game features a bowl-eligible team from the Big Ten Conference competing against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference, or a Mid-American Conference team if there are no more eligible teams from either.

The Quick Lane Bowl is played at Ford Field in Detroit as a de facto replacement for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, and inherited its traditional December 26 scheduling. Unlike its predecessor, which placed the 8th place team in the Big Ten against the Mid-American champion, the competing teams are selected by conference representatives and not based on final rankings. The Ford Motor Company serves as title sponsor of the game through its auto shop brand Quick Lane.

The inaugural game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and North Carolina Tar Heels was played on December 26, 2014, marking the first time the two teams had ever played each other in a bowl game.

Russell Ford

Russell David Ford is an Australian field hockey player. His first national team internationally came in 2006. As of July 2011, he had 21 goals from 76 appearances with the national team

Sports in Detroit

The U.S. city of Detroit, Michigan is home to four professional U.S. sports teams; it is one of twelve cities in the United States to have teams from the four major North American sports. Since 2017, it is the only U.S. city to have its MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL teams play within its downtown district (broadly defined) and one of only four U.S. cities to have said teams play within the city limits of their namesake.

All four teams compete within the city of Detroit. There are three active major sports venues within the city: 41,782-seat Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers), 65,000-seat Ford Field (home of the Detroit Lions), and Little Caesars Arena (home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons). Detroit is known for its avid hockey fans. Interest in the sport has given the city the moniker "Hockeytown." In 2008, the Tigers reported 3.2 million visitors with a 98.6 percent attendance rate.In college sports, the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University have National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I programs. Wayne State University has a Division II program, and once had Division I teams in men's and women's ice hockey but has since dropped both sports. The NCAA football Quick Lane Bowl is held at Ford Field each December. In addition, the sports teams of the University of Michigan are located in Ann Arbor, within an hour's drive of much of the Detroit metropolitan area.

WrestleMania 23

WrestleMania 23 was the 23rd annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on April 1, 2007, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The event was the first WrestleMania at Ford Field and the second to take place in the Detroit metropolitan area (following WrestleMania III, which was held at the Pontiac Silverdome, in Pontiac, Michigan).

The event was a joint-brand pay-per-view, featuring performers from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands. Eight professional wrestling matches were scheduled for the event, which featured a supercard, a scheduling of more than one main event. The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship, in which Cena won. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was Batista versus The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship, in which The Undertaker was victorious. The primary match on the ECW brand saw ECW Champion Bobby Lashley (representing Donald Trump) defeat Raw's Intercontinental Champion Umaga (representing Vince McMahon) in a match where either Trump or McMahon would be shaved bald if their wrestler lost. Other featured matches included an eight-man tag team match between The ECW Originals and The New Breed and an eight-man interpromotional Money in the Bank ladder match.Tickets for the event went on sale on November 11, 2006. The event set the all-time Ford Field attendance record of 80,103 people; people from all fifty U.S. states, twenty-four countries, and nine Canadian provinces attended the event. WrestleMania 23 grossed $5.38 million in ticket sales, breaking the previous record of $3.9 million held by WrestleMania X8. WWE estimated that $25 million was pumped into the Detroit economy. With about 1.2 million buys, the event, at the time, was the most bought WWE pay-per-view in history. 2012's WrestleMania XXVIII surpassed the event as the most bought WWE pay-per-view, receiving 1.21 million buys. WrestleMania 23 was also the fourth highest attended WrestleMania in history behind only WrestleMania III (which drew 93,173 fans), WrestleMania 29 (which drew 80,676 fans), and WrestleMania 32 (which drew 101,763 fans).

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