Ford Field is a multi-purpose domed indoor stadium located in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It has served as the home of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) since the field opened in 2002. The regular seating capacity is approximately 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball.

The Detroit Lions professional football team was formed in 1929 as the Portsmouth Spartans of Portsmouth, Ohio. The team moved to Detroit in 1934 and was rebranded as the Detroit Lions. Before moving to Ford Field in 2002, the Detroit Lions played at the Pontiac Silverdome. Prior to that, they played at Tiger Stadium and originally played at the University of Detroit Stadium.

Ford Field stadium was constructed and opened in 2002. It cost an estimated $430 million to build, financed largely through public money and the sale of the naming rights. The stadium’s design incorporates a six-story former Hudson’s warehouse, which had stood since the 1920s.

Detroit Lions Ford Field
Detroit Airport

How to Get to Detroit

The nearest airport to Ford Field is Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) which is approximately 20 miles away. There are several airlines that fly from London to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) with a flight time of 8-9 hours. Some of the airlines that operate direct flights from London to DTW include Air France, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic.

If you are already in the US and looking to travel to/from Detroit, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

The Detroit People Mover, an automated tram system that loops around downtown, can be used to cut out some of the walking on your way to a Ford Field event. The closest station to the venue is at Grand Circus Park, about five blocks away. Additionally, several bus lines have routes that pass near Ford Field including lines 1, 261, 3, 31, 4, 530 and 6. You could also make use of apps such as Moovit to get directions to the arena.

Rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft are also available in the vicinity with a designated pick-up and drop-off.

Detroit City Map

Staying in Detroit

Beyond the Airbnb and Sonder options, there are many hotels to choose from to suit all budgets, all of which can be booked directly or through one of the popular booking sites.

There are several popular neighbourhoods to stay in when visiting Ford Field. Some of your best bets would be Dearborn, Livonia or Novi, west of the city. All are a short drive to Ford Field and offer hotels at several price points with shopping and restaurants nearby. Downtown Detroit is also a great option with its picturesque composition of historic buildings and parks. The Greektown district is particularly popular with its delicious restaurants and pastry shops.

Detroit Lions Tickets

The Detroit Lions sell their tickets via Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster is the official ticket outlet for the NFL.

For most teams, Ticketmaster sells tickets on behalf of the team and resells tickets on behalf of ticket sellers. You can tell the difference on the site as the Blue dots are tickets from the team themselves, and the pink dots are from verified sellers.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown may have further selling platform fees added, so take time to read my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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