Lions looking at possibility of retractable roof

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With Detroit among the possibilities for an MLS expansion team in 2020, the Lions are looking at ways they can make Ford Field work for soccer.

And that includes the possibility of retrofitting their stadium with a retractable roof.

Lions team president Rod Wood said during an interview on WJR-AM that they’re looking at their options, since MLS teams have to play outdoors and teams prefer grass surfaces. He said he’s discussing the project with NBA owner Dan Gilbert and his group which is bidding for the Detroit franchise, along with local basketball executive Arm Tellem.

“Building another stadium makes no sense with the three that we have,” Wood said, via the Detroit Free Press. “I think there’s a purist wing in the MLS and they like to play on grass, they like to play outside. They have preferred smaller stadiums, although the two most successful franchises play in football stadiums, in Atlanta and Seattle. They regularly draw 40, 50, 60,000 fans and I think we might have a shot at doing the same thing downtown.

“With all the vibrancy downtown and all the young people now working downtown that love soccer, and coming off the World Cup where everybody was very interested in what’s going on. It’d be great to have that downtown, but we’ll see about the roof.”

There is that one big problem which has to be discussed.

“We’ll figure out who’s going to pay for it after we figure out the cost,” Wood said.

That’s probably going to range in the hundreds of millions.

They’re not the only NFL facility eying the MLS, as new Panthers owner David Tepper has mentioned the soccer league in both his press conferences since buying the team. It also gives the Lions options for their own games, at least for the ones early enough in the season that anyone might want to enjoy the elements.

16 responses to “Lions looking at possibility of retractable roof

  1. This hypothetical soccer team in Detroit has won as many NFC North titles as Matthew Stafford, for those counting at home.

  2. The other question is, does Detroit have enough fans for soccer in the area? Atlanta has become a very “international” city, with foreign corporations making it their regional or national US business hub. Detroit is still a more “American” city. They may find themselves using just the lower level of Ford Field… and not filling that.

  3. The fans would like it so much more – there is nothing worse than watching NFL in a dome. Its just not where it is supposed to be played. Not like they would play in bad conidtions but at least they might get a few nice fall games in the open.

  4. tylawspick6 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 10:17 am

    These guys and Minny should already have this for postseason advantage.

    SMH

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    But, Green Bay and Chicago shouldn’t……you’re goofy!

  5. I’m all for it. Being home to an MLS team just might allow for a banner hoisting (championship, not participant) in the stadium some day.

  6. If the Lions fielded a decent team they could fill the stadium with football fans and forget about soccer all together.

    Maybe they could lure the Columbus Crew there instead of them trying to screw Austin into building them a stadium.

  7. vikingf0rlife says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    Anything but winning is the Detroit Lions way!

    vikings1234 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    I’m all for it. Being home to an MLS team just might allow for a banner hoisting (championship, not participant) in the stadium some day.

    ****************************
    I loved that drubbing that the eagles put on the Vikes. Cousins isn’t the answer.

  8. bringbackwayne says:
    July 17, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I loved that drubbing that the eagles put on the Vikes. Cousins isn’t the answer.

    ))))))

    It still wasn’t as bad as the drubbing the Eagles put on your new HC’s defense in the Superbowl with a 2nd string QB ta boot!

  9. vikingf0rlife says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    Anything but winning is the Detroit Lions way!

    Remind us about all the Championships the Vikings have won…lol

  10. vikings1234 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    I’m all for it. Being home to an MLS team just might allow for a banner hoisting (championship, not participant) in the stadium some day.

    There’s nothing funnier than a Vikings fan talking about championships.

    The Lions have 4 Championship banners…Vikings 0.

  11. If Dan Gilbert is involved, it means another taxpayer-funded heist is about to take place.

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