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Ford Field Sensory Room Gives Kids with Autism a Chance to Escape the Stadium’s Roar

October 6, 2023 | WWMT Channel 3: Click to View Original Story

Ford Field Sensory Room
The 3-1 Detroit Lions have given fans a lot to be excited about at Ford Field this season.

There is a waiting list for Lions season tickets for the first time since the stadium opened in 2002 and people are feeling, with good reason, that this year may finally, actually be "our year."

Ford Field also has a new place where kids and parents can get away from it all.

The stadium unveiled a new sensory room Friday to give kids with autism a safe space when they start feeling overwhelmed by all the excitement on gameday.

The Ford Field Sensory Room was paid for by the Fredi the PizzaMan Foundation for Autism, founded by Fredi Bello, who owns the Fredi the PizzaMan restaurant in Melvindale.

"My family and I want you to know, this room is for YOU, every one who attends events inside Ford Field and especially to the individuals who support me, my passion for this foundation," Bello wrote Friday in a thread on X.

Staff volunteers are provided by Hope Network Center for Autism.

The sensory room is on the second level of Ford Field, and sensory kits are also available through guest services, according to the Detroit Lions website.

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