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New NFL stadiums

By BRUCE LOWITT, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 6, 2002


FORD FIELD, DETROIT

FORD FIELD, DETROIT

CAPACITY: 64,355.

COST: $500-million ($125-million in public money, $375-million in private).

ROOF: Dome.

PLAYING SURFACE: FieldTurf.

SCOREBOARD: Daktronics.

RESTAURANTS/BARS: 10.

CONCESSION STANDS: 56 permanent, 39 temporary.

SUITES: 132.

CLUB SEATS: 8,641.

RESTROOMS: 105.

FIRST PRESEASON GAME: Aug. 24, Pittsburgh, Steelers won 34-22.

FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME: Sept. 22, Green Bay Packers.

FIRST CONCERT: Oct. 12, Rolling Stones.

OTHER EVENTS: Will host Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5, 2006.

RELIANT STADIUM, HOUSTON

CAPACITY: 69,500.

COST: $449-million ($309-million in public money, $140-million in private).

ROOF: Retractable.

PLAYING SURFACE: FieldTurf.

SCOREBOARD: Barco.

RESTAURANTS: Four.

CONCESSION STANDS: 39 permanent, 85 portable.

SUITES: 177.

CLUB SEATS: 8,200.

RESTROOMS: 56.

FIRST PRESEASON GAME: Aug. 24, Miami, Dolphins won 24-3.

FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME: Sept. 8, Dallas Cowboys.

FIRST CONCERT: Jan. 25, 2003, Rolling Stones.

OTHER EVENTS: Will host Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb. 1, 2004.

GILETTE STADIUM, NEW ENGLAND

CAPACITY: 68,800.

COST: $397-million ($72-million in public money, $325-million in private).

ROOF: Open.

PLAYING SURFACE: Grass.

SCOREBOARD: Daktronics.

RESTAURANTS: None.

CONCESSION STANDS: 46 permanent, 304 temporary.

SUITES: 80.

CLUB SEATS: 6,000.

RESTROOMS: 60.

FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME: Monday vs. Pittsburgh.

FIRST CONCERT: Thursday, Rolling Stones.

OTHER EVENTS: Will host UNICOM's Emerging Technology Fair Sept. 20.

SEAHAWK STADIUM, SEATTLE

CAPACITY: 67,000.

COST: $360-million.

ROOF: Open.

PLAYING SURFACE: FieldTurf.

SCOREBOARD: Philips.

RESTAURANTS/BARS: Seating for 500.

CONCESSION STANDS: 48.

SUITES: 82.

CLUB SEATS: 7,700.

RESTROOMS: 63.

FIRST PRESEASON GAME: Aug. 10 vs. Indianapolis.

FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME: Sept. 15 vs. Arizona.

FIRST CONCERT: Aug. 19, country music to benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.

OTHER EVENTS: Washington State played Nevada-Reno Aug. 31.

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