Lions could go the cheap food route at Ford Field

Getty Images

The NFL is a copycat league in more ways than one.

With the Falcons drawing rave reviews for the decision to remove the thumbs for the scales when it comes to pricing in-stadium food options, the Lions are now considering the same approach.

Via Kyle Meinke of mlive.com, Lions president Rod Wood said during the annual meetings in Orlando that the team is exploring the possibility of dropping food and drink prices. It helps that the Lions use the same concessions company that the Falcons use. It hurts that Ford Field wasn’t designed to accommodate the increased traffic to the concessions stands.

Regardless of whether the Lions can pull it off, the fact that other teams are considering this simple and easy enhancement to the game-day experience is encouraging. Maybe all new and/or renovated stadiums will be designed to service the increased crowds that will gather when a far more realistic price point is applied to a captive audience that, in most venues, must choose either to overpay or do without.

29 responses to “Lions could go the cheap food route at Ford Field

  1. A dollar to use the bathroom? Goodness. People will be peeing all over that expensive parking lot before entering the stadium. Security guard: “Don’t go outside. The smell of urine is overwhelming. God.”

  2. Most of that stuff is garbage and not fit for human consumption, which means it will be flying off the shelves because that’s what this country wants.

  3. Prices in my man cave for this coming season will be the same as last year. Guests will bring their own food and beer or soda or sparkling water or whatever. I’ll provide refrigeration and a microwave for cooking at no charge. As long as they put the lid down on the toilet, bathroom usage will also be free. Oh, parking outside my house will also be free. And we’ll enjoy watching the games on a huge flatscreen HD television set. This approach sure beats dealing with drunks, “security searches,” and all the rest of the BS that has ruined the stadium experience for so many fans.

  4. Went to a Vikings game at US Bank stadium this past fall. The food was expensive but absolutely delicious. The whole experience was amazing. Detroit, go first class, the experience outweighs the cost.

  5. This approach sure beats dealing with drunks, “security searches,” and all the rest of the BS that has ruined the stadium experience for so many fans.
    ____

    I remember going to a game with my wife, we looked up all the strict security search rules for what’s allowed and what isn’t etc. Her little tiny handbag, that basically held nothing more than our phones and wallets, ended up being maybe 1/8 of an inch over their limit and wouldn’t let her in the stadium. Basically told her her options were to turn over her purse to security and “try” to reclaim it later, or throw it in the garbage, or to just leave and not attend the game at all. We flew across the nation specifically for this game, and they were completely willing to ruin or entirely deny her game experience BECAUSE OF AN 1/8 OF AN INCH on a tiny little handbag. It’s pathetic.

    Maybe if these stadium employees weren’t trained to treat every game day patron like a criminal on their way through the gates, people would feel more inclined to open up their wallets and attend more often.

  6. Too many businesses abuse their customers. A ski resort in Colorado wanted over $6 for a 20 oz Gatorade on the mountain. Meanwhile 50 miles away in Denver a 32 oz Gatorade can be had for a dollar.

  7. Green Bay will never reduce any prices they treat their fans like they do their free agents they let go after they squeeze them for every penny they can get out of they. then toss them to the wind.They also created the fake tens of thousands season ticket waiting list they brag about . There are individuals holding hundreds of pairs of tickets that they scalp to the ticket brokers instead of imposing their so called rule of 4 tickets owned per individual This rule is loosely enforced. I know an individual who owns 180 pairs of tickets and scalps them all just because his father in law long passed away worked part time in the front office years ago. If the Packer organization really truly cared about their fans they would verify the season ticket holder list and enforce the 4 ticket rue but pf course they and the nfl couldnt bragg about the huge waiting list they have..signed Former Season ticket holder

  8. Stadium eating is the fan’s free agency. Yeah I overpaid by acquiring an IPA for $12.50 but it was the best available option at a position of need and Bud Light doesn’t ‘fit my system’

  9. Everything is over priced & over rated at any NFL stadium.
    Which is why I’ll never go to a game in person again.
    Even if everything’s free.

  10. One thing for sure…. Nobody will replace Cheese Curds in Packerland…YUCK! Dripping with oil, molten pieces of pure fat

  11. “Prices in my man cave for this coming season will be the same as last year. Guests will bring their own food and beer or soda or sparkling water or whatever. I’ll provide refrigeration and a microwave for cooking at no charge. As long as they put the lid down on the toilet, bathroom usage will also be free. Oh, parking outside my house will also be free. And we’ll enjoy watching the games on a huge flatscreen HD television set. This approach sure beats dealing with drunks, “security searches,” and all the rest of the BS that has ruined the stadium experience for so many fans.”

    Of course you know, Nfloracle, we will caravan up to your house every weekend. We will even bring the grills and the beer.

  12. @Nfloracle

    “I’ll provide refrigeration and a microwave for cooking at no charge”

    A microwave for cooking? Must be some gooooooood eatin’ at your place. Barf

  13. Detroit has really had only one playoff victory in 61 years? I thought being a Chiefs fan was tough.

  14. I work security at FordField. (a) No one told the guy to “hand the purse to security” and he might get it back, For a $10 charge, they secure the bag until end of the game (b) Bag size is the same at ALL NFL VENUES. And if you are that stupid to road trip without knowing the rules- you are an idiot.

  15. “And the price of a beer goes even higher. Parking goes up. And they forgot to tell you. It’s a dollar to use the bathroom”

    Seriously? A dollar to use the bathroom? That goes hand in hand with the price of beer. If people drink less beer, they’ll need to use the bathroom less. No wonder most people would prefer to stay home and watch the game on their big screen TV, where they can drink all the beer they want and go to the bathroom for free.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!