The new $300 million, 1.3 million-sf Ford Field stadium iscurrently under construction next to the Detroit Tigers newballpark, Comerica Park along Woodward Avenue.

The Silverdome, on Opdyke Road, is owned by the city of Pontiac.The Lions are owned by the Ford family, of Ford Motor Co.

Both sides are to appear before Judge Fred Mester of OaklandCounty Circuit Court Oct. 17 to debate when the Lions should beallowed to leave the Silverdome. The football team has a contractto stay at their enclosed home, and Pontiac has sued to keep themuntil 2006. The Ford family wants to leave after this year. Bothsides disagree on whether the contract ends in 2005 or 2006.

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