Training Camp Road Trip – Detroit Lions
Ready for a shot at the NFC North?
August 5, 2017- Lions training camp has been underway for a week now and the team played their annual scrimmage today, dubbed, “Think Ford First Family Day at Ford Field”. I had the experience of being at this event, and got to see some of the new renovations of Ford Field for myself. The scoreboard is bigger and now fully electronic, there was a second addition of Slow’s BBQ (a popular Detroit Favorite) to the concourse, along with a bar, faster and more reliable WiFi and upgraded suites. The project was well done by the Ford Field renovation staff, and fans are very excited to see the upgrades, including myself.
The scrimmage was free and open to the general public on one condition, if you wanted to go, you had to order tickets online through the Lions website and Flash Seats. Again, these tickets came at no cost. Seating was General Admission.
With that in mind, I was able to snag 50 yard line seats 12 rows up from the sideline. After I reserved my seat, I went right by the tunnel and saw the players and cheerleaders come out to the field. Golden Tate was warming up by catching passes from the crowd and other players were stretching on the field pregame.
The game was a typical scrimmage. The teams split in half (Half offense and defense on each side) and played two-hand touch football. Anyone who has played two-hand touch football (Yes, even in gym class) knows that it’s insanely hard to run the ball up the middle, because a two-hand touch, not a tackle, means you’re down. Both teams struggled doing that. However, Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah had shining moments off the screen pass and running to one side or another. The additions on the offensive line seem to be working. Of course, preseason will tell a greater story about that.
The additions on the secondary are working, too. Nick Bellore picked off Jake Rudock in the second quarter and early in the game, Darius Slay picked off Matt Stafford. Jarrod Davis and Teez Tabor got in on the action as well, making important secondary plays for the Lions.
In the end, Stafford’s team defeated Rudock’s team, 35-31. Both teams were spotted 14 points each to start the game. Overall, it was definitely a fun experience that I may go back to next year. I plan on going back to Ford Field as well this season.