Headquarters and Training Facility
The Ford family not only made a commitment to bring the pride of the Detroit Lions back into downtown Detroit with the construction of Ford Field, but they also decided that the new training and practice facility would be rivaled by no other team in the National Football League.
The Lions' $35.5 million headquarters and training facility was built on a 22.7-acre parcel and is located just west of Detroit between Allen Park and Dearborn. In fact, the new facility is just down the street from Ford Motor Co.'s World Headquarters.
The franchise broke ground on the new state-of-the-art facility in August 2000 and moved into its new digs in March 2002. The 460,000 square foot complex includes a full indoor practice field, 2.5 outdoor practice fields, a state-of-the art weight and training room, a massive locker room, a hydrotherapy room, a spacious equipment room, a cafeteria, meeting rooms for each position, a player lounge, a 103-person auditorium for full team meetings and large press conferences, a studio, a library and archive room, a media room and offices for all personnel.
When entering the building from the main entrance, one is immediately hit with flashbacks of Lions football. A 23-by-26 foot mural is covered with the likes of nine Hall-of-Fame Lions players.
In an effort to keep the environment clean, William Clay Ford Jr. also made sure the building was built with renewable and recyclable products. The bamboo floors in the lobby, latex paint and rubber flooring have all contributed to this cause.
The facility also provides a full-size indoor field and 2.5 fields outside so the team has plenty of space for team practices.
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222 Republic Drive
|Lions Practice Facility and Headquarters Vitals|
|Project:||Detroit Lions practice facility and headquarters|
|Location:||Allen Park, Michigan|
Site spans Allen Park and Dearborn with main entrance to facility located in Allen Park. Facility resides at the corner or Rotunda Drive and Southfield Freeway (M-39).
|Site Size||22.7 acres|
|Project Size:||253,000 square feet (including outdoor practice fields)|
|Bulding Size:||115,000 square feet|
|Outdoor Practice Area||Two full-sized regulation fields|
|Outdoor Practice Surface:||Grass|
|Indoor Practice Area:||220' wide by 440' long|
|Indoor Practice Surface||FieldTurf|
|Height of Indoor Practice Area:||110'|
|First Floor Includes:||Indoor practice field, locker rooms (players, coaches and male staff), athletic training and rehab facilities, weight room, meeting rooms, auditorium, cafeteria, public lobby and media support area.|
|Second Floor Includes||Chairman offices, administrative offices, football operations, broadcast studio, female staff locker room, observation platform for indoor field.|
|Construction Schedule||19 months|
|Groundbreaking||August 7, 2000|
|Completion Date:||March 2002|
|Grand Opening:||April 22, 2002|
|Property Owner||Ford Motor Land Corporation|
|Architects:||Gensler and Smith Group|
|Contractors and Project Manager:||White/Olson, LLC|