Here's an e-mail I received from the Lions about the annual Black & Blue Scrimmage.
Fans will have their first opportunity to see the Detroit Lions under the direction of Head Coach Rod Marinelli, Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz and Defensive Coordinator Donnie Henderson during the Annual "Black & Blue" Scrimmage at Ford Field, Saturday, August 5, 2006.
Updated: Admission for this event is free and tickets will be available at your Metro Detroit Ford Dealers and Wireless Giant locations beginning on Thursday, July 27, 2006.
Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with special Detroit Lions Alumni Autograph Sessions featuring Barry Sanders. Barry will be signing copies of his book at the Roar and More team store.
The team will take the field at 5:45 p.m. for warm-ups with the scrimmage immediately following.
Sounds like a pretty good deal to get an early look at the Lions.