While you’re enjoying watching football this Sunday, I wanted to tell you about the game my parents and I attended a couple weeks ago. I told you awhile back that I bought tickets to the Detroit Lions game against the Cincinnati Bengals for Mom. She loves football and happens to be from Cincinnati, so it was perfect. The Lions rarely play the Bengals, so when I saw that game on the schedule I knew we had to go. With club level seats and a parking pass in hand, we ventured downtown.
It was a really nice October day, thankfully. Traffic got crazy heavy around the stadium and came to a virtual standstill waiting to get into our parking lot. It was rather ridiculous and we missed kick off. Bummer. By the time we got to the door, the security lines were gone and we got right in with programs and towels to wave throughout the game. Whether at Ford Field for Taste of the Lions, the Justin Timberlake Jay Z concert, or a football game, it’s a great place to spend a few hours. I think it’s the one of the nicest stadiums in the country (but I’m probably a little biased ;))
The stadium was packed, of course. After shooing some people out of our seats, we sat and enjoyed the remainder of the first half. Dad felt like he couldn’t see that well, but Mom and I both agreed we could see a lot. I might be bored out of my mind watching football on TV most of the time, but in person, I was riveted. It was so cool watching; we even got to see a blocked field goal!
A lot of the fans weren’t very cool. Many screamed obscenities at the top of their lungs along with other stupid commentary. Beers were spilled and the couple directly behind us let out several ear piercing screams. Seriously, the loudest yelling I’ve ever heard in my life. Apparently a lot has changed in the ten years since we’ve been to a game, as I don’t remember any behavior like that. Halftime was so cool since a guy got to try to catch some balls and kick a field goal and two kids’ football teams got to play. They were the cutest little kids, complete with cheerleaders and everything. It was adorable! When the players returned to the field, they high fived the kids. That was really nice to see.
After the crowds calmed following halftime, we ventured out to walk around the stadium. This was my favorite part of the day. It was so cool walking all around the stadium. We could peek in and check on the game. A lot of people were walking around, which surprised me. One of the concourses is very nice with little restaurant like food stands, brick floors (they’re pretty even if they’re rather hard to walk on), and the huge Lions store. It was fun browsing, but we were all a little bummed we missed out on the special game day pin. I didn’t even know they had game day pins. I’ve got my eye on eBay! And then we ran into Roary, the Lions mascot. Super cool!
Upon seeing that they sold lottery tickets, we picked up a few thinking they might be lucky (they weren’t) and left around the fourth quarter. We would’ve liked to stay longer but the crowds were just so unruly it didn’t seem like fun. Maybe one day we’ll get a suite and enjoy the game without any distractions.
Overall, it was a pretty fun day. Seeing the game in person was really something and I loved walking around the stadium and doing some shopping. Mom had a good time too and that was what the day was all about. It’s too bad the Lions lost, but they are doing pretty well and we’re all hoping for a win today!
Debbie Eccard says
Glad you got to go and sorry my Bengals beat your Lions. I route for your Lions every game but this one. Hope we meet in the Super Bowl! That would really be cool!!
It would be cool if they met in the Super Bowl, but the Lions would have to win their first playoff game in forever first!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
Looks like a fun time! I love sports so love seeing other arenas.
Sounds like a fun time! Crowds at football games really have gone downhill, alas. Still, it’s always nice to see a game in person. Fun post – thanks.
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
Sounds like such a fun time!! I’ve only been to one football game – the Bills!!
I’ve only been to one NFL game, and it was a bit overwhelming to me. I would love to get a suite one day and enjoy the game with a lot of good food (and a bit more calm!) Thank you for sharing your experience!!
It can be a bit overwhelming with all the people, especially since a lot weren’t so well behaved!
Wow, that is a spectacular stadium! Love the concourse with the brick floor.
Abbe@This is How I Cook says
Any time you can go to a game in person is great! Everyone can be a sports fan then! And some are more sportsman like than others!
I’ve never actually been to a real live football game but looks like a ton of fun!
Sounds like fun! I haven’t been to an NFL game, first I really should try and get to a UT football game since I’m here in Austin. And congratulations on a good season so far! Not so much for either of the Texas teams…
Sounds like a fun day! I’ve never been to a NFL game but we went to a college game this past weekend. And there were definitely some not so cool people in the crowd haha I wanted to smack this one guy sitting in front of us. I guess that’s why I prefer to just watch at home on the comfort of my couch : )
I think watching at home is the best way to go!
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Sounds like such a great time!! Awesome pictures!!
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Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron says
Wow that stadium looks amazing! So glad to hear you had fun!