Overall the stadium cost $430 million to build. The field's design incorporated a former Hudson's warehouse built in the 1920s. The warehouse stood at six stories tall and allowed for a seating arrangement that was unique for the time. A similar design was implemented at Soldier Field after its renovations. Also unique to Ford Field is the use of natural sunlight. Most indoor stadiums only use the indoor lighting as the NFL regulates how much natural sun can light the field. There cannot be enough sunlight that it distracts the players on the field. Builders had to wait for the windows to be approved in Ford Field before continuing with the rest of the stadium.
Thirty-two months later, the construction was completed at a huge cost to area taxpayers at a time when the city was heading towards financial insolvency. From the perspective of fans and team owners, the new stadium has been a success as game attendance increased substantially following the move back to Detroit despite the team's dismal on-field performance. The stadium remains popular with fans and is frequently studied by teams considering a new home field.