Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz recently called people that have renewed season tickets to thank them for their support. The recording, which is just under a minute long, also includes Schwartz calling for fans to make Ford Field one of the toughest venues to play in for opposing teams. He said they are well on their way to doing that, but assuming there is football in 2011, this is the year to put Ford Field at the top of the list of the toughest stadiums for road teams.
The Detroit Free Press has audio of the full call. Below is a transcript of it.
"Hello, this is Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and I want to thank you for renewing your season tickets for the 2011 season. I'm sure you'll agree that we've taken some big steps over the past couple of years and we've improved our football team. And while coaching and players are keys to reaching our goal of a championship, so are you. Your support is critical to the success of our football team.
"We want Ford Field to be the most intimidating home field in the NFL, and thanks to you, we are well on our way to making that a reality. Your impact on the four home wins last season was real. You made a difference, but we need even more from everyone this season -- from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
"So thanks again for your continued support. I look forward to seeing and hearing you at Ford Field this year."