Classy gesture by the Lions and team president Tom Lewand today at Ford Field during the single-game tickets sale. Lewand made it a point to greet all the fans who lined up this morning to get tickets. Lots of blue-collar folks spending their hard-earned money on tickets. Most of the big home games on the schedule appear sold out. As of 10:30 a.m., only $140 club seats were available for games against the Texans, Packers, Falcons and Bears. Pretty remarkable considering the fact this economic downturn has battered the sate and helped lead to nearly 20 percent unemployment in the city of Detroit (depending on the reports you read). The Lions also have plans to open at least 20 training camp practices to the public over at the Allen Park facility, starting later this month. Fan accessibility to camp is expected to be similar to last year’s training camp. The team has already conducted coaches and youth clinics this summer, and there are plans for an Aug. 5 kickoff event at Ford Field with a concert. More information about that can be found here.
Remember when it seemed like the Lions stayed away from doing anything for the fans? Times sure have changed. A respectful team on the field has led to more respect from the front office to the fans. Well, it sure appears that way to me. Team officials understand the impact fans have on games. Just think of all those opposing team false start penalties at Ford Field last season. Should be another memorable season, and it’s refreshing to see team officials embrace all the support. They’ve also made it a point to keep ticket prices affordable, compared to other 2011 playoff teams. You can read my Lions tickets story here with all the details. Caught up with a few hardcore fans that have earned the top box office line spot for at least the past seven years. They camped out from 5 p.m. Monday on! You sure can’t question the passion for Lions football in this town. Ask anyone in the media and they’ll tell you the Lions are king among the Big Six (Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, Michigan and Michigan State) in terms of web hits and readership. And I got a feeling they won’t be knocked off the throne anytime soon.