DETROIT (CelebrityAccess) — The Detroit Lions organization announced the details of their planned $100 million refurb of Ford Field, the first major rehab since the stadium opened in 2002.
Changes planned for Ford Field include a rework of the south side club to make it more fan friendly, including adding a view of the field at the expense of a few of the stadium's suites.
The stadium will also add a new range of seating called loge boxes, which are positioned between club seats and suites. The new seating area will include at-seat food and beverage service
On the north side of the stadium, the Lion organization is adding smaller 8-10 person suites that share a common club area, as well as a standing room only club with stadium sightlines. For the north side, they are also adding new restaurant and bar spaces — The Gridiron and The Corner.
The stadium's scoreboards are also getting a major upgrade, with two new massive high definition screens being installed. The new 9,000 square-foot displays will be placed in each end zone and will be flanked by four additional displays that will be used individually or coordinated with the main display.
Other smaller display screens will be added to the venue and will allow the venue to provide information such as fantasy football statistics.
Along with the new visual displays, the venue is getting a new sound system. Installed by Meyer sound, the new gear, when finished, will include eight clusters holding a combined 182 speakers.
"After 15 years, we still hear what a great venue Ford Field is from our fans, visiting teams and the great acts that have performed here," team president Rod Wood said in a press release. "The Ford Family is making a substantial investment to make sure our stadium remains among the best, but ultimately it's still about winning football games.
"We want to get fans in the building having a great time and excited about what they're experiencing so that they can continue to help us create a home field advantage."
The renovations are planned to be completed in time for the 2017 season. – Staff Writers