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LaChapelle
07-10-2009, 09:04 PM
Lions hope grub will grab fans

TW- http://detnews.com/article/20090702/opinion03/907020417/lions-hope-grub-will-grab-fans

We all know a hot dog is the perfect comfort food for a Tigers game. But what is the perfect food for a Lions game?

I bring this up because the Lions announced an all-you-can-eat section at Ford Field this season. The Lions did a survey a few weeks ago asking fans if adding a grub section might lure them to more games.

The response was positive, so the Lions have set aside 5,500 seats at Ford Field where fans get all the hot dogs, bratwurst, chips, cheese nachos and soft drinks they can handle.

But here is the critical question. What is the perfect food for football?

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This is a stumper
"Ohhh. Wow. That is a dang good question," said Lions fan Chris Meller from Fraser. "When I go to a Lions game, the first thing I get is nachos. ... I don't know why."

And isn't chili always a great choicefor football games?When I watched games at Tiger Stadium we always got chili and hot chocolate because it was so cold out.

Lions president Tom Lewand said the top sellers at Ford Field are nachos, hot dogs (I guess I was wrong about hot dogs at football games) and pizza. He said the all-you-can-eat concept adds to the value of Lions games.

"We know more than ever that we need to be sensitive to the value that we create, and that starts with the product we put on the football field on Sunday afternoons," Lewand said. "But it is important to explore other values ... and it should be fun. That includes people getting their money's worth."

The view's the thing
Nicole Westrick of Casco is a die-hard Lions fan. She arranged her fall 1997 wedding to husband, Bill, around the Lions schedule so she wouldn't miss a game. Westrick doesn't care if the Lions serve food as long as she can see the game.

"I will say Herman Moore's bakery (Amore) has a great chocolate chip cookie," she said. "But I just go to games. ... I actually watch."

The Lions have added a number of ticket packages with tickets as low as $30 to ease the pocketbook. That makes sense because every franchise in Detroit is suffering because of a weakened economy.

"I would rather there be cheaper tickets," said Brandon Caroland of Roseville. "I don't eat that much when I go anyway. That (all you can eat) would not be of value to me."

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rad
07-10-2009, 09:06 PM
Priest Holmes just became a Lions fan.

DaFace
07-10-2009, 09:06 PM
That would actually be kind of cool, but I doubt I'd be willing to pay whatever extra they're charging for it.

LaChapelle
07-10-2009, 09:09 PM
Gun will get showered in bratwurst about mid-season. And that will end this experiment.

Reaper16
07-10-2009, 09:11 PM
Royals have an all-you-can-eat section. Great value if you're into that kind of thing.

LaChapelle
07-11-2009, 08:15 AM
Said Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, "One of the things I've always believed in is high blitz. Up to 40-percent in a game, which is off the charts for most people - but that's what I believe in. I think you have to keep the quarterback nervous all the time."

-This helps explain Sims' weight problem.

wild1
07-11-2009, 08:41 AM
they are lucky that this is an NFL team. with the shape the city of detroit is in, if their baseball team was this bad the franchise would probably be in real trouble.

mikeyis4dcats.
07-11-2009, 08:44 AM
Royals have an all-you-can-eat section. Great value if you're into that kind of thing.

do they? I thought they got rid of it?

Rain Man
07-11-2009, 09:30 AM
That would actually be kind of cool, but I doubt I'd be willing to pay whatever extra they're charging for it.

Yeah, it's probably $80 for a ticket and $200 for an all-you-can-eat ticket.

Question: if it's 27-24 Lions (presuming they ever lead a game again), and the Saints or whomever are driving toward a tying field goal with 30 seconds left, would 5,500 Lions fans start rooting for overtime so they could get another 15 minutes of pizza?

talastan
07-11-2009, 11:40 AM
Yeah, it's probably $80 for a ticket and $200 for an all-you-can-eat ticket.

Question: if it's 27-24 Lions (presuming they ever lead a game again), and the Saints or whomever are driving toward a tying field goal with 30 seconds left, would 5,500 Lions fans start rooting for overtime so they could get another 15 minutes of pizza?

Cue the BBW commercial, ref says, "You guys want me to send this into overtime?". ROFL

RJ
07-11-2009, 12:30 PM
I think families would take advantage of that sort of offer. Anyone who has ever taken 2-3 kids to a baseball or football game knows how much you can spend on food. Those $5 hot dogs add up.

OctoberFart
07-11-2009, 08:43 PM
they are lucky that this is an NFL team. with the shape the city of detroit is in, if their baseball team was this bad the franchise would probably be in real trouble.

Yep there is only one team in the NFL with less wins than the lions over the past couple years.