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Detroit Lions announce open scrimmage at Ford Field

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Last year, the Detroit Lions skipped out on what was becoming an annual tradition: a training camp practice at Ford Field that resembles a game. Call it “mock game,” call it a scrimmage, but it was a neat opportunity for fans to get a more “real” look at the team, and a chance for the players and coaches to conduct a more game-like scenario for the team.

On Tuesday, the Lions announced that this tradition would be returning this year. The “Detroit Lions Family Fest” is scheduled for Friday, August 2 at 6 p.m. ET and will apparently be much more than just a Lions scrimmage.

Per the official press release, doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and there will be activities spanning all night, including karaoke, meet-and-greets with the cheerleaders, face painting and autograph sessions with Detroit Lions legends.

Unlike regular training camp practices, Family Fest requires a ticket to get in. Tickets are free and available now for reservations here. Additionally, the Lions are offering VIP lanyards to those that visit any Southeast Michigan Ford Dealer that will get them “admission to a special reserved seating area, the chance to win autographed items and much more.”

For more information on Family Fest, head to the Lions’ official website.