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Times have been tough in Detroit; at least on the football field. The Lions are a perpetual laughingstock, failing to make much noise in the NFL since nimble Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders stunned the football world by retiring in 1999. Since preemptively calling it quits before the turn of the century, the Lions have averaged five wins and 11 losses a season. Relatively speaking, however, the Lions reclaimed some of that competitive grit they had in the early 90s, resurfacing the buzz in Detroit. After ranking toward the bottom of the NFL attendance table year-in-and-year-out, the Lions are now selling out games again with fans everywhere searching for Ford Field parking at the Lions’ downtown venue.
In the 90’s the Lions played at the Silverdome in Pontiac, a suburb with tons of Lions parking. But even after the move into a tight downtown locale, finding a Ford Field parking wasn’t initially much of a challenge. The indoor stadium opened in 2002 for a Lions team coming off a 2-and-14 season. The new digs didn’t seem to inspire Detroit, as the Lions would fail to win more than six games in any of its first five seasons at Ford Field. The Lions’ futility would bottom out in 2008 with a historic 0-and-16 campaign, making the Lions the first NFL team to go winless since Tampa Bay in 1976 (the Bucs went 0-14) and, statistically, the worst team in NFL history.
After a season like that, there’s nowhere to go but up, and that’s what the Lions did. Under new head coach Jim Schwarz, Detroit won two games in 2009, six in 2010, then won 10 in 2011, making it the first double-digit win season for the Lions in 16 years. Last season, however, Detroit took a step back with a 4-and-12 record and a last place finish in the NFC North.
Entering 2013 fans wonder if the previous season was a speed bump on the franchise’s journey back to respectability, or a reversion back to the team’s old ways that humiliated fans for years. Regardless, a degree of optimism has returned to Detroit, making the Lions parking situation in downtown a crowded one. ParkWhiz offers several Ford Field parking options for the season, including season packages.
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