Ford Field is a domed American football stadium located in Downtown Detroit. It serves as the home of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, as well as the annual Quick Lane Bowl college football bowl game, state championship football games for the MHSAA, and, as of 2018, the MHSAA State Wrestling Championships; the regular seating capacity is 65,000, though it is expandable up to 70,000 for football and 80,000 for basketball. The naming rights were purchased by the Ford Motor Company for $40 million over 20 years. In 1975, the Lions moved to the Pontiac Silverdome after playing at Tiger Stadium from 1938–1939, 1941–1974. By the mid 1990s, they began exploring the possibility of returning to the city of Detroit in order to build a new stadium. On August 20, 1996, the Lions announced their intention to build a new stadium in Downtown Detroit. On November 5, 1996, voters approved a referendum for the stadium. Groundbreaking for the stadium occurred on November 16, 1999 as part of a downtown revitalization plan for the city of Detroit, which included Comerica Park.
The stadium's design incorporates a former Hudson's warehouse, constructed in the 1920s. The warehouse was converted to office space and has Campbell Ewald and Bodman as tenants; the presence of the warehouse allows for a seating arrangement that's unique among professional American football stadiums. The majority of suites are located in the warehouse along the stadium's southern sideline, as are the lounges that serve the premium club seats on that side of the field; the bulk of the grandstand seats are located along the northern sideline and both end-lines, with gaps in the stadium's upper half at the southwest and southeast corners. The upper deck on the stadium's northern sideline contains one level of suites and a smaller section of club seating. A similar design was implemented at the renovated Soldier Field, albeit with the use of a new structure to house four levels of suites. Unlike most domed stadiums, Ford Field allows a large amount of natural light to reach the field, thanks to immense skylights and large glass windows at the open corners.
The windows along the ceiling are frosted to mimic the automotive factories that are prevalent in Metro Detroit. The south entrance provides the seating bowl and concourse with sunlight year-round and offers fans a view of downtown Detroit. To prevent the stadium from becoming an overly imposing presence in the Detroit skyline, the playing field is 45 feet below street level, similar to the design at adjacent Comerica Park. Ford Field is one of the few venues in the NFL that has end zones in the west. There is no NFL rule for field construction in roofed venues regarding sunlight distracting players on the field; the east–west end zone design accommodated the Hudson warehouse location. The natural light is not a distraction to the players in a day game, because the light only reaches as far as the sidelines, leaving the field still properly lit with the combination of artificial stadium lighting and sunlight. In 2017, Ford Field underwent its first major renovation; the $100 million renovation included new video boards, a new sound system, updated suites, the renovation of multiple restaurants and bars on the property.
Ford Field hosted Super Bowl XL on February 5, 2006, as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 21–10 to win their fifth Super Bowl championship in front of 68,206 in attendance. It marked the final game in the 13-year career for Steelers running back, Detroit native, Jerome Bettis; the stadium was home to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl sponsored by Detroit-based Little Caesars from 2002 until 2013. It featured a Big Ten Conference team; the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was replaced by the Quick Lane Bowl, featuring teams from the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference, backed by the Lions and Ford. It has hosted the annual MAC Football Championship Game since 2004. Ford Field has been the site of several neutral site regular season college football games, including Western Michigan vs. Illinois in 2008 and Michigan State vs. Florida Atlantic in 2010. On December 13, 2010, the Minnesota Vikings played a home game at Ford Field against the New York Giants after the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome's inflatable roof collapsed due to a rip in the roofing material caused by heavy snow accumulation.
The roof failure forced the postponed game to be moved elsewhere, after deliberations, the NFL chose Ford Field. It was the first regular season Monday night game played at Ford Field, one of the few instances where a team played an unofficial home game at another team's home field; the Lions hosted their first Monday Night Football game in Ford Field on October 10, 2011 against the Chicago Bears. A Buffalo Bills home game against the New York Jets was played at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 after a major lake effect snowstorm hit western New York, causing the game to be moved from Ralph Wilson Stadium; the Bills won the game 38–3. On December 13, 2003, Ford Field hosted the largest crowd to attend a basketball game, as 78,129 people packed the stadium for the Basketbowl, where the Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Michigan State Spartans, 79–74; the University of Detroit Mercy and Ford Field hosted the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament regional semifinal and final games. Ford Field was the site of the 2009 Final F
Davis Curiale is an Italian association footballer playing as a striker for Catania. Curiale is the son of Sicilian parents from Campobello di Mazara who emigrated to Germany in the 1980s, he started playing football at the age of 5 for local Cologne team SV Mülheim-Nord. Noted in 2004 by former Palermo and Udinese star Giovanni Montalbano, head coach of Eccellenza club Salemi at the time, during a summer beach soccer tournament in Campobello, he accepted to sign for the club, but left it soon after to join Campobello, another Eccellenza team, in November 2004, he scored nine goals for Campobello, helping them to win Eccellenza Sicily and ensure a historical first promotion to Serie D. From 2005 to 2007, he played for Palermo Primavera, notably scoring 28 goals in the 2006–07 season with the Under-20 team, being instrumental in helping the rosanero youth team to reach the Campionato Nazionale Primavera semi-final lost to Inter Milan. On 5 June 2007, Palermo loaned him out to Sambenedettese of Serie C1 in order to let him achieve some first team experience.
With Samb, Curiale played a total of 29 matches, scoring nine goals, being instrumental in the team's escape from relegation. Following his impressive experience with Sambenedettese, Curiale received some interest from a number of Serie B teams. In July 2008, Palermo and Vicenza agreed a one-year loan for the young striker; as he did not manage to gain a regular first team place with Vicenza, he returned to Palermo in January 2009 in order to be loaned to another team, Ravenna Calcio of Lega Pro Prima Divisione, for the remainder of the season. Curiale started impressively his second playing experience in the Italian third tier, becoming instrumental in Ravenna's rise in the league table by scoring eight goals in eight matches before suffering a muscle injury that will keep him out for two months. Curiale spent the 2009–10 season on loan to Serie B club Cittadella. In July 2010, he was sent out on loan again, this time to Serie B club Crotone. On 31 August 2011, he moved to Triestina. In January 2012 he joined Serie B club Grosseto, but played only 14 games in one year with the club.
He successively left to join Lega Pro Prima Divisione club Frosinone in January 2013, won promotion to Serie B with his new club in June 2014. In January 2015, he was signed by Trapani Calcio for €150,000. In August 2015, he moved to Lecce on loan, he scored 4 goals in 18 appearances before heading back to Trapani. Curiale played three games with the Italian under-20 team in March and April 2008
Odostomia vicola is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Pyramidellidae, the pyrams and their allies. The vitreous shell has an ovate shape, its length measures 2.5 mm. The whorls of the protoconch are large immersed in the first of the succeeding turns, above which the tilted edge of the last volution only projects, marked by five slender spiral threads; the five whorls of the teleoconch are rounded on all but the first whorl. They are marked by broad, retractive axial ribs, of which 16 occur upon the second and third and 20 upon the penultimate turn. In addition to the axial ribs the whorls are marked by four broad, low spiral cords, which are separated by mere incised lines between the sutures; this renders their junction with the axial ribs strongly nodulous. The sutures are constricted; the periphery of the body whorl is marked by a strong, well rounded spiral cord. The base of the body whorl is decidedly attenuated, it is marked by seven subequal spiral cords, the spaces between which are marked by numerous slender, axial threads.
The aperture is elongate-ovate, decidedly effuse anteriorly. The posterior angle acute; the outer lip is thin, showing the external sculpture within. It is rendered sinuous by the spiral cords; the columella is long, moderately strong, somewhat sinuous, reinforced by the base, provided with a fold at its insertion. The type species was found in the Pacific Ocean off California. ITIS