DETROIT - OCTOBER 10: Fans line up to enter Ford Field prior to the start of the game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 10, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Filling Ford Field is no longer an issue for the Detroit Lions. Last season, the Lions sold out all eight of their home games and even set a Ford Field attendance record for a Lions game when the Chicago Bears came to town for Monday Night Football. With the Lions finally becoming a winning team again, fans came out in droves to see them play.
For the NFL as a whole, there has been an opposite trend in recent seasons. Attendance is actually on a 4.5 percent decline since 2007. The Lions saw attendance drop off during the winless 2008 season, and it took some time for the franchise to rebound. For the NFL, the attendance issue is a bigger concern. As watching games at home becomes better and better and the cost of attending games keeps going up and up, there is less incentive for fans to attend in person. This is why the NFL is so focused on improving the game day experience at stadiums.
Today, SB Nation took its own look at how the NFL can fix the game day experience. Among the ideas are installing Wi-Fi in stadiums, creating designated seating areas, improving tailgating and turning up the intensity in the stadium. There is also the simple idea of making it more affordable to attend games, but that doesn't seem like it is going to happen.
What are some of your ideas for how to improve the experience of attending a Lions game? Personally, as someone who has always preferred the atmosphere at college football games to NFL games, I'm not really sure what the league or individual teams can do to increase my personal desire to see games in person. The MNF game against the Bears was just about as close to a college atmosphere as you will see in the NFL, but that was a rare occurrence.
For you guys, is the price of attending games the main thing you want to see be changed in the future? Do you want there to be more amenities in stadiums? Or do you just want a different atmosphere? What would increase the likelihood of you buying tickets to see a game in person?