The Lions are a really valuable franchise, but think how much value they'd gain if they could actually draw a crowd at Ford Field. As it turns out, after their impressive offseason acquisitions have critics talking about the team as a potential contender soon down the road, the Lions are starting to see an increase in season ticket sales:â†µ
"We're up nine percent over last year," said Bob Raymond, vice-president for business operations for the Lions and Ford Field. "We're bucking the trend.â†µ
With the reports that the NFL is seeing a five percent decrease in overall season ticket sales, it says a lot about the hope Lions fans possess, especially considering the recession has hit Detroit the hardest. Or it indicates just how few season tickets they've been selling in recent years. Either way, Lions fans are starting to buy into their team and it's showing at the box office.â†µ
It'll be nice to get back to the days when in-market fans wouldn't have to worry about missing their favorite team's games on TV because the last 15,000 tickets weren't picked up by some local business minutes before the deadline. The best remedy for a lack of ticket sales is obviously wins and this year's Lions have a legitimate chance to triple the team's win total from the past two seasons combined.