Whether or not you believe in home field advantage, where a team plays eight games each year definitely means something. The Lions have called Ford Field home for almost two decades now, and it is entwined into the fabric of the team for many fans.
The organization clearly values the fan experience, which is evident from the recent round of renovations. With the addition of the Little Caesars Arena just down the street, Detroit now has that vibe that so many cities crave, as all four major teams live nearly right next to each other.
Perhaps the on-field product still could use some improvement, but there is no denying that the Ford Field crowd does play a role in the game. Opposing teams have fallen victim to multiple false starts, and prime time contests have always brought rowdy environments.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What is your favorite part about Ford Field?
My answer: Look, I get that this is the Midwest and that football is “meant to be played” outside. As an avid Michigan football supporter, you can find me attending games in an outdoor stadium seven or eight Saturdays a season, and I agree that there is nothing that really matches that experience.
However, one thing that the Big House lacks is the noise. Lions fans are obviously passionate for their team, and they are not afraid to make Ford Field rock. The Quandre Diggs pick-six to start the 2018 season made the stadium almost deafening, and fans take advantage of a venue that will really accentuate the volume.
Of course, the boos can ring loudly as well, but I suppose that just comes with the territory. Either way, there are plenty of great things about Ford Field, but at the end of the day, nothing quite matches the embodiment of Lions fandom as the roar of the crowd.