This week, the Detroit Lions announced a new "Tunnel Club" and new field-level seating. These upgrades appear to be a part of their "Ford Field 2.0" project, which will basically modernize their home stadium. Ford Field isn't necessarily that old in the grand scheme of things considering it opened in 2002, but from a technology and amenities standpoint, a lot has changed since then.
With this in mind, I posed a question on Twitter about what other changes the Lions should make to Ford Field in the future. Let's take a look at some of the responses by dividing them up into different categories.
First, let's start with the responses that simply demanded better football or included renovation/pricing requests that would be nice but are ultimately unrealistic:
Andre Brown (@andreh) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit How about a Super Bowl banner?— lionsfan_1 (@lionsfan_1) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit Better football.— Rob Visconti (@rvisconti) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit them to cut the roof off.— ♫All Night Ron♫ (@Rovitz) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit a home playoff game and cheaper beer— Nick Teshich (@NTeshich) May 26, 2015
A home playoff game, a Super Bowl banner and cheaper beer -- now that's a platform I can get behind.
Moving on to requests that are actually feasible in the short term, there were a lot of calls for better scoreboards and improved Wi-Fi.
@PrideOfDetroit improved video/scoreboard.— Stefan Vardon (@stefanvardon) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit Larger video boards. Gotta be near the smallest in the league.— Brian Lundberg (@BrianLundberg) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit wifi would be nice.— Chase Beard (@C_Beard77) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit black jerseys first but if those don't count- the wifi. Never have service there— Michael Palazzolo (@itsmrzolo) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit I'm a verizon user and Ford Field WiFi has barely ever worked for me.— Chris Gibbons (@chickenmcgibble) May 26, 2015
These two things are at the top of my list. Newer, bigger scoreboards are a must, as is better Wi-Fi. It shouldn't just be limited to Verizon customers, and it shouldn't be so unreliable that Verizon customers sometimes even struggle to get it to work. I know this is easier said than done, but when I attended the Final Four at the Georgia Dome, I had perfect, speedy Wi-Fi the entire time. Clearly it can be done; it's just a matter of investing enough resources into the system to do it properly.
Finally, multiple people suggested more diverse food options at Ford Field and less blandness in general:
Weird food options. Weirder the better. RT @PrideOfDetroit: What other changes do you want to see to Ford Field in the future?— Matt G (@jagzman04) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit Also, better food options. I'm getting real tired of standard stadium fare, and I'd like more Detroit flair at concessions.— Alexis H (@AH_kooky_kat) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit Do something with the utterly bland north side of the Lower Level concourse. Maybe a walk of fame or something like that.— Alexis H (@AH_kooky_kat) May 26, 2015
@PrideOfDetroit filled in Honolulu Blue painted endzones— Zach Grube (@ZGrubes) May 26, 2015
What kind of changes do you want to see at Ford Field going forward?