One woman's battle to fight those weird lights over Ford Field


  • Photo via
You know the lights. You've seen them shining ominously over Ford Field on your drive into downtown Detroit. Or, like Margo Dalal, they permeate your curtains and shine directly into your eyes, interrupting your much-needed slumber.

Dalal, who lives a mere 3.5 miles from the stadium according to a Detroit Free Press article, has created a petition on in hopes they'll be turned off — or at least turned on less.

And nearly 1,000 people are in agreement with Dalal. At time of press, her petition had garnered 967 supporters.

But, the switch won't be flipped without a fight. The Lions organization told the Freep that police, other downtown businesses, and some city residents are simply raving about the burst of Honolulu blue that emanates from Ford Field every single night. And furthermore, they say they followed light pollution rules issued by the city, a point which Dalal contests.

Her petition reads in part, "According to the General Illumination Standard in the Detroit Zoning Ordinance, Sec. 61-14-278, 'All reasonable measures shall be taken to ensure that the off-site spillover of light and nightglow are minimized to the greatest extent possible.' Ford Field is not adhering to this standard and its excess use of rooftop lighting should be enforced."

With Little Caesars Arena set to open this fall and a possible soccer stadium in the works, Dalal is worried about the precedent these lights set.

"Detroiters don’t deserve pollution — light pollution included," the petition reads.

In the end, Dalal isn't asking for the lights to be permanently offed. Her compromise is that the lights only be turned on for game nights, according to the Freep.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.