The Detroit Lions have launched a $100 million renovation plan for Ford Field, the first major upgrade to the stadium since it opened in 2002. Construction of the privately financed makeover is expected to be completed in time for the Lions preseason schedule, which begins in August.
All 129 suites will be addressed, most refurbished with a new floor-to-ceiling FF&E package. Others will be retrofitted into social gathering spaces and loge box inventory – a first at Ford Field.
On the stadium’s north side, a new full-service kitchen will be installed, nine suites will be converted into The Lounge and the Terrace Club, and the Gridiron Club – a 600-person, two-level lounge – will be inserted with a unique foodservice experience of Detroit favorites.
On the stadium’s south side, some suite inventory will give way to 13 loge boxes. Club spaces will also receive a touchup of new furnishings, lights, and graphics.
Technology upgrades, supplied by Daktronics, include 6,000 square feet of video board displays, 5,000 linear feet of ribbon board displays, and two pillars that will now be wrapped in video boards, measuring 36.5 feet high and 62.5 feet in circumference. Audio improvements, supplied by Meyer Sound Laboratories Inc., include 182 new loudspeakers and control systems.
ROSSETTI, the original architect of Ford Field, is also designing the renovations. Turner Construction is the general contractor.
Post-renovation, the Lions are expecting to host more private events on non-gamedays, as well as position Ford Field as a competitive destination for major events, such as the Super Bowl and Final Four.