There once was a time (last year) that the announcement of a Lions sellout was relevant news. It isn’t anymore.
The Lions are no longer one of those teams whose fan base is subjected to a weekly blackout threat. Sure, the team still takes the time to officially announce that the game has been sold out and therefore will be shown on local television but it really isn’t news and it really isn’t necessary.
That being said, let me break a little non-news: Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers is a sell out. Go ahead, tweet your friends to let them know even though it hasn’t been announced by the team.
If you’ve stopped by the Detroit Lions website in the past couple weeks, you’ve been greeted by the following landing page:
Notice the ad specifically mentions “premium seats”. Translation: club seats, which are exempt from ticket sales for blackout purposes. The strong indication here is that the “regular seats” are already sold out and that is all that counts.
The TicketMaster page includes a nifty graphical view of seats remaining and confirms that the only tickets available are in the club sections of Ford Field. At the time of my writing this post, just 17 club level seats remain on the visitors side of the stadium and about 500 or so remain on the home side.
How’s that for investigative work for breaking non-news? Expect the Lions to make an official announcement later in the week, just remember where you heard it first!