Detroit Lions Tickets
About Detroit Lions
The Lions are among the most historic and storied teams in the National Football League. Playing at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, the team competes against the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North Division in the NFL's National Football Conference. Buy cheap Detroit Lions tickets and see the team don their distinctive silver and Honolulu blue team colors.
History of the Detroit Lions
Detroit radio executive George Richards and a group of investors purchased the struggling Portsmouth Spartans for $7.95 million in 1934. He renamed them the Lions to pay homage to MLB's Detroit Tigers. In 1963, William Clay Ford, Sr. acquired a controlling interest in the franchise for $4.5 million, and the team has been controlled by descendants of the Ford automotive dynasty ever since.
In the 1950s, quarterback Bobby Layne led the team to three NFL Championship games. The 1950s were arguably the team's greatest decade. In the 1990s, future Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders won four NFL rushing titles, and the team would make the playoffs six times during this decade. Matthew Stafford is the team's all-time passing leader, and Calvin Johnson is the leading pass receiver in team history.
Although the team has not won a Super Bowl, it did win four league championships before 1966. Altogether, the Detroit Lions have appeared in 19 playoff games.
The Detroit Lions stadium
This NFL team plays at Ford Field, an indoor stadium in downtown Detroit. The stadium was originally intended to be an outdoor facility, and its design incorporates a six-story Hudson's warehouse built in the 1920s. Frosted windows near the ceiling are like those found in historic Detroit-area auto plants. Since 2002, Ford Field has hosted Detroit Lions home football games as well as major concerts, including those by headliners like Beyonce and One Direction. From 1974 to 2001, the team played in the Pontiac Silverdome. Prior to that, the team played its home games at Tigers Stadium.
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Did you know these facts about the Detroit Lions?
- Singer Marvin Gaye tried out for the team in 1970. Former Lions Mel Farr and Lem Barney were backup vocalists in Gaye's iconic hit, "What's Going On?".
- The Heisman Trophy winners in 1989, 1990 and 1991 all played for the team. They were Barry Sanders, Andre Ware and Ty Detmer.
- Former players with retired numbers include Dutch Clark (#7), Joe Schmidt (#56) and Chuck Hughes (#85).
The Biggest Detroit Lions rivalries
The Lions enjoy robust rivalries with every team in the NFC North. Here are a few details about two of the more intense rivalries, which might help you decide on games when you purchase Detroit Lions tickets.
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
The Lions-Packers rivalry got underway all the way back in 1930 when the Portsmouth Spartans first played the Packers. Fans line up to get Lion tickets for these important division games, and they're among the most popular on the Lions schedule.
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
Lions football tickets for a game against the Bears are an important purchase for fans of both teams. The two well-established teams have played each other at least once per season since 1930. Since 2010, the Lions have won more of these hotly contested games than the Bears.
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Detroit Lions Team Schedule