Some Detroit Tigers fans maintain that Detroit is first and foremost a baseball town, despite the nationwide popularity of the NFL. I suppose the point could be argued either way but today will go down as a significant day for those that say Detroit is a football town.
Fans flocked to downtown Detroit this morning despite horrible driving conditions and bitter cold temperatures for the chance to score some free tickets to tonight’s game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.
About 30,000 free tickets were made available at the Ford Field box office starting at 9 a.m. Fans reportedly started lining up at about 5:30 this morning to make sure they walked away with tickets in hand. Estimates say that as many as 10,000 people stood in line, not bad for a regular season game without a hometown team.
The demand for the tickets speaks to the passion Detroiters have for football. Sure, some would-be entrepreneurs braved the cold to cash in on a limited commodity but it looks like Ford Field stands a good chance to be full or close to it tonight. The response has dwarfed the Lions organization’s expectations and figures to paint the city in a positive light with those in the league office. Check out WDFN’s interview with Tom Lewand on mlive.com.