ESPN’s Kevin Seifert took up the task of ranking the NFC North teams on various aspects of their existence. The Lions haven’t typically been confused for an organization with tremendous foresight but they did get it right with their training facility and Seifert points that out in naming the Allen Park complex the division’s best. He added this comment:
It might be cool to show up for work every week at Lambeau Field, but the Detroit Lions’ Allen Park facility is a sparkling and first-class building with most every amenity imaginable. (And I’m not just saying that because the press room includes a stocked kitchenette.) Opened in 2002 at the price of $36 million, it is smartly organized and features a cool two-story hallway that separates the locker room from the weight room. For those interested, it was also ahead of its time in terms of renewable resources, including bamboo floors in the lobby and rubber floors elsewhere.
Other categories included Best mascot (sorry, Roary didn’t make the cut), best throwback uniforms to hate, best non-meddling owner, best training camp site and best rivalry. Check out the full article for all the NFC North team bests.