Photo of Detroit Lions' pregame warm ups at Ford Field.

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Detroit’s Ford Field is one of the most underrated stadiums in the National Football League. Earlier this year, the Detroit Lions announced that they would be upgrading Ford Field at a cost of $100 million. Those renovations are expected to be completed in one week. The centerpiece of the renovation are the brand new video boards in each end zone.

The video boards measure 39 ½ feet tall and 152 ½ feet in width. In total, the video boards will consume 26,500 square feet of space. Video boards have also been added to the large columns located in the corners of Ford Field. New ribbon displays also completely circle the club level of Ford Field. Other improvements include various updates to the stadium’s suite areas. The updates include more memorabilia and Lions-themed designs on the walls. The suite level will also offer a 90 feet bar complete with flat screen Tv’s and a grab-and-go food station. The suites themselves will have new furniture and televisions. The club seats themselves have been replaced with seats that will offer fans more comfort and legroom.

On the north end of Ford Field, the Lions have added the Miller Lite Taproom, the Comerica Gridiron Club which will feature outdoor seating as well as a new kitchen for the hospitality staff. One unexpected change the Detroit Lions organization made during the renovation was the removal of the banners that denoted the team’s playoff appearances. The banners that celebrate the team’s division titles and world championships still remain, however. The Detroit Lions have not won a playoff game since 1991.

Ford Field opened in 2002 and is now up to date with the bells and whistles that most of the other NFL stadiums offer. It was especially important that the Lions implement upgrades to Ford Field with the brand new Little Caesars Arena opening down the street. Little Caesars Arena will serve as the home arena for both the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. For the first time in the city’s history, all four of the city’s professional sports teams will coexist within a few blocks of each other.




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