Lions hope to lure Super Bowl with $100m stadium renovation
The Detroit Lions, of American football’s NFL, have revealed plans for a $100-million renovation of their Ford Field stadium, which forms part of a drive to bring the Super Bowl back to the city.
Speaking at the unveiling of the project on Wednesday, team president Rod Wood told the Detroit Free Press: "We’re at the very beginnings of trying to work with some of our partners in the city to form a commission that could focus on bringing things to the city of Detroit.”
Ford Field, which opened in 2002, hosted the Super Bowl in 2006. It was the second time Detroit had staged the showpiece game, after the Lions’ previous home, the Pontiac Silverdome, had the honour in 1982.
Wood said: "I think with the activity downtown, just think back to when we had the Super Bowl here 11 years ago, 12 years ago now, what’s happened in the city since then, and with what we’re going to do with the stadium. I can’t promise that we’ll get another Super Bowl, but I certainly think the stadium is ready for it."
The renovations, which are expected to be completed in time for the start of the new season in September, include a brand new central video board, four additional screens and an upgrade of the stadium’s hospitality areas.
NFL owners traditionally vote on the hosts of the Super Bowl between three and five years in advance of the game. In May, the league selected Atlanta (2019), Miami (2020) and Inglewood in California (2021) as sites for future games.
The 2018 Super Bowl will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in Minnesota.