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Lions announce 'Tunnel Club,' field-level seating

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Some renovations to Ford Field are going to bring fans closer to the Detroit Lions than ever before.

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Earlier in the offseason, the Detroit Lions promised that changes were coming to their home stadium as part of their "Ford Field 2.0" project. The specifics of those changes were kept private, but the Lions indicated that they were planning to modernize Ford Field with amenities that are commonly found in the NFL's newer stadiums.

On Tuesday, the Lions started unveiling some of their renovation plans by announcing the MGM Grand Detroit Tunnel Club and new field-level seating. Here are the details:

Additionally, the lower bowl in the west endzone is being extended to include field level seating for tunnel club season members.

Members and guests will have an up close view of Detroit Lions players leaving and entering the locker room from multiple areas of the club including an area with bleacher-style seating. Other amenities include unlimited food & beverage (cash bar for liquor sales), a corner lounge celebrating Detroit and early entry to the stadium (three hours before kickoff).

Essentially, these changes will allow fans to get closer to the players than ever before. The up-close view in the tunnel was really made popular by the Dallas Cowboys, and field-level seating has been a staple of basically every new stadium in the last few years.

As nice as this all sounds, it's worth noting that the "Tunnel Club" and field-level seats are considered premium seating, and tickets are quite expensive as a result:

From a luxury seating standpoint, these changes should upgrade the fan experience quite a bit. Now, though, it will be interesting to see what the Lions have planned for "Ford Field 2.0" for the rest of the stadium.