Stadium #4
Ford Field
Detroit, MI
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions Stadium
October 11, 2009
28 - 20  Loss

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Built: 2002
Capacity: 65,000 seats
Playing Surface: FieldTurf   
Draft Beer: $8.50
Hot Dog: $5.75
Stadium Parking: $30.00
Ford Field
Stadium Address

2000 Brush Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-2000
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Stadium Review
- Banned from E.A.R.T.H.,  again ...
Detroit, Michigan is still home to a core of die hard football fans that are anxious to field a winner in Motown. Although commonly known as Hockeytown, USA, considering the success of the Detroit Red Wings, this fan base loves the game of pro football. Their resiliency through decades of inept Lions teams is a testament to the blue collar values and hard work ethic that permeates through this region, even in times of economic desperation. Here's a fan base that last year endured the first 0-16 season in NFL history and a franchise that suffered through the Matt Millen era of fantasy football general management. But through it all, Lions SuperFans like Don "The Yooperman" Stafanski continue to make the five hour trek from northern Michigan in the upper peninsula for every Lions home game to support the team he loves. The Detroit football fan base is a proud group, they love their Lions and look to the future when this team will be respectable once again.

To find the best of the best, the true hardcore Lions fans that proudly wear the Honolulu Blue, one only needs to go to the Eastern Market in the heart of Downtown Detroit where traditional Detroit Tailgating continues to this day. This is where you'll find the best and most creative tailgates in the Motor City and the fan base that will inspire a group of 53 men to greatness, as this Lions franchise seems to have finally righted the ship under new head coach Jim Schwartz. I expect the Detroit Lions organization to continue to work toward respectability in the National Football League, and am proud to support these efforts.

When I'm in Detroit, I always like to stop in on the folks at, the premiere tailgating experience in the metro Detroit area. DetroitTailgate can be found in Lot 1 at the Eastern market and they are well worth seeking out on game day. With a full bar, some fantastic local barbecue and a new live band each week, co founders Kevin, Bob, and Steve have this thing down to a science. The party begins at eight in the morning and continues until game time, as Detroiters gather to share in a few ice cold beverages of choice, partake in some great pro football debate and take in a live show.

This week, I had heard that the Black Sabbath tribute band, Banned from E.A.R.T.H. was going to be in town and based on their show last year I felt compelled to return. Setup on the DetroitTailgate stage in the Eastern Market parking lot, these guys bring it for every minute of their two incredible sets and the crowd responds. With the energy of an Ozzfest, Banned from E.A.R.T.H. evokes shades of the Dark Lord himself as frontman, Stonecage, looks and plays the part of Ozzy Osbourne to perfection. The infectious energy of the fellas on stage as they recreate 70s era Black Sabbath music will have you bobbing your head and throwing up devil horns in tribute. This performance is one that's truly not to missed. If you're looking to book some live entertainment for a Halloween party, be sure to check these guys out, you won't be disappointed.

Back to the lot, I decided to roam around a bit to find out what else the Motor City's finest had cooking up and I happened upon a game of "Fowling" which I had to try. This football-bowling combination tailgate game was really unique. Each team sets up the standard ten-pin, triangular bowling configuration on a set of two Fowling lanes which are set up at a distance of 48 feet. Each two-man team then takes turns trying to knock down their opponents pins with a football. The first to knock down all ten pins wins the frame, but if the team throwing first wins the frame, their opponent gets a single throw to attempt a tie and force overtime. It's a race to five to win the match. I'd never seen anything like fowling, but I will definitely begin construction of a fowling set of my own this week.  For more information on Fowling, one of the best tailgate games in the lot, take a look at

Continuing through the lot I stopped in on Vic and Gina who have and awesome tailgate truck complete with a beer tap on the side, Astroturf floor, and a widescreen TV.  Their truck serves as a great base of operations grounding their tailgate setup which includes an awesome hardwood barbecue pit. The award for most creative enemy tailgate has to go to the Steelers Emergency Tailgate Response Unit, a converted ambulance complete with sirens and flashing lights that was driven in from Youngtown, Ohio. These EMT's bring first-aid in the form of an alcoholic beverage to ailing fans that are having trouble coping with the boneheaded mistakes being made on the field. These guys surely attend to lots of their opponents fans as their Pittsburgh Steelers have been riding high lately on the heels of another dominant win over the San Diego Chargers last week. My hope was that the Lions might capitalize on some Steeler mistakes or at least keep the match up respectable.

As game time approached, we blew out the candle on my hand carved Detroit Lions Pumpkin (You know I had to carve the lions symbol into a pumpkin for the home team) and bid farewell to the fellas from DetroitTailgate and Banned from E.A.R.T.H. (who rocked out another awesome show, by the way) and we headed over the Ford Field. Crystal and I had our wedding photos taken there earlier this summer, so it was nice to go back and see the place in all of its game day glory. Unfortunately game day was not as glorious for the Lions as I would have hoped as they fell to the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers 28-20. The one thing I can say is that the Lions certainly made a game if it, showing that there is some promise in this young franchise. In time there will be more for this nation of diehards to cheer about. Perhaps the Detroit Lions really have finally righted the ship and we'll begin seeing some great football from this young team over the next several years. That's all from Detroit, join me another couple weeks as the Quest for 31 Travels to Charlotte, North Carolina for as my Buffalo Bills match up against the Carolina Panthers.

For more information on the city of Detroit, MI check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
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     NFL: October 26, 2008 - Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions
     NFL: October 15, 2006 - Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions
     NBA: Detroit Pistons, Palace of Auburn Hills - General Information
NHL: April 9, 2009 - Nashville Predators vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL: Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena - General Information     

City of Detroit Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
Henry Ford Museum / Greenfield Village
Motown Records Historical Museum

Local Foods:
National Coney Island Hot Dogs, Michigan Cherry Salad, Middle Eastern Cuisine, Pasties, Mackinac Island Fudge, Sanders Bumpy Cake

What They're Drinkin':
Miller Lite, Bud Lite
, Bell's Oberon Ale

Tailgating Hotspots:
Lot 1 Eastern Market
Detroit Lions Pre-Game Tailgate on Brush Street

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Detroit
Stadium Policy
Stadium Parking Map
Fan Forum:
The Lions

Local Sports Media:
Detroit Free Press
Detroit News
97.1FM The Ticket
Popular Bar Districts:
Downtown (Old Shillelagh, Detroit Pub, Town Pump Tavern, Foran's,
     Centaur, Cliff Bell's)
Royal Oak (Luna, Royal Oak Brewery, Gusoline Alley, Mr. B's)
Pontiac (Liberty Bar, Green Tavern, Sevin Night Club, Tonic, Tiki Bobs, JD's
     Key Club, Mill Street Grill)
Mount Clemens (Emerald, The Bank, Orleans, Your Mother's)

Best Restaurants:
Hockey Town Cafe (Sports Bar & Food)
Bad Brad's BBQ (Best BBQ in the City)
Pizza Papalis (Local Pizza)
Fishbones (Creole, Cajun)
Pegasus Taverna (Greek)
Bangkok Cuisine (Thai Food)

Getting to the Stadium:
Ford Field is located in the heart of Downtown Detroit.  There are many ways to get to the stadium.  It's a 10-15 minute walk from the Eastern Market where the best tailgating is going on.  Some folks park in Greek Town and take the People Mover monorail to the stadium.  There really isn't one great big parking lot.  Most people park in lots all over the city and walk to the stadium.

Where To Stay:
Detroit’s downtown area is filled with museums, waterfront, history and an excellent nightlife. Be sure to stay downtown and stay central to the action. I would suggest staying at the Ramada Inn Downtown Detroit or the Crowne Plaza Hotel Pontchartrain Detroit.  The Westin Cadillac and the Holiday Inn Express are also both excellent hotel choices.
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               Detroit Lions
          2010 NFL Schedule

1 Sunday, 12-Sep DET @ CHI 1:00 PM
2 Sunday, 19-Sep PHI @ DET 1:00 PM
3 Sunday, 26-Sep DET @ MIN 1:00 PM
4 Sunday, 3-Oct DET @ GB 1:00 PM
5 Sunday, 10-Oct STL @ DET 1:00 PM
6 Sunday, 17-Oct DET @ NYG 1:00 PM
7 Bye
8 Sunday, 31-Oct WAS @ DET 1:00 PM
9 Sunday, 7-Nov NYJ @ DET 1:00 PM
10 Sunday, 14-Nov DET @ BUF 1:00 PM
11 Sunday, 21-Nov DET @ DAL 1:00 PM
12 Thursday 25-Nov NE @ DET 12:30 PM
13 Sunday, 5-Dec CHI @ DET 1:00 PM
14 Sunday, 12-Dec GB @ DET 1:00 PM
15 Sunday, 19-Dec DET @ TB 1:00 PM
16 Sunday, 26-Dec DET @ MIA 1:00 PM
17 Sunday, 2-Jan MIN @ DET 1:00 PM

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Ticket Prices: $7 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors
Phone Number: 313-262-2100
Hours: 11:00am and 1:00pm Mondays & Fridays (Jan – May)11:00am and   
1:00pm Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays (Jun - Dec)
Areas Covered: Facility, Ford Field Suite, Locker room, Field and much
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Tailgating with the Yooperman   Steelers Emergency Tailgate Response Unit   My Detroit Lions Pumpkin
Gina and Vic from "The Tailgaters"   Great hardwood grill   Myself and Scott
Tailgating with the Quest Machine   Havin' a Beer with Steve   Banned from E.A.R.T.H.
Ticket?  To a Lions Game?   Good Luck in the Race at Halftime   Let's Go Lions!
Ford Field is a great facility   Kudos for the wig plus the Polamalu jersey   Tough Loss, but we'll be back.
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