The Lions unveiled renovation plans for Ford Field Wednesday night at an event for premium season ticket members. The Ford family is investing $100 million into the project for new video boards and several other renovations to be completed in time for the 2017 season.
"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."
Wood says he's already gotten positive reviews from players about last year's enhanced game presentation, and expects even more from the new project.
"They do like it," Wood said Wednesday night. "They've mentioned it to me. While they're focused on winning the football games, they like the energy in the stadium.
"They liked the way the fans embraced them in the introductions last year. They loved the video last year that I think was different, with the lights being down – all the things we could do last year.
"I think they really appreciate the investment we're making this year, too."
View renderings of the renovations planned for Ford Field.
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