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Lions Sell Out Thanksgiving Game

Nov 18, 2010 – 3:21 PM
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Michael David Smith

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Detroit Lions ThanksgivingThe Detroit Lions started hosting Thanksgiving football games in 1934 and have played a home game on that day every season since 1945. But in recent years, there's been a movement at times to take Thanksgiving games away from Detroit and give them to cities with better football teams -- mostly so we can all actually enjoy a good game while we stuff our faces and avoid our relatives.

The NFL's position has generally been that the game will stay in Detroit as long as the fans show support for it. So there's good news for those who want to see Detroit keep the tradition alive: The Lions announced that they've already sold out this year's Thanksgiving game.

This is the furthest in advance the Lions have sold out a Thanksgiving game since 2007, which is an indication that Lions fans are starting to return to a team that has been among the worst in the league in recent years. This year, their 2-7 record isn't much of an improvement, but the fact that they're playing close, competitive games, week in and week out is a sign that a better record is on the horizon. And the fans in Detroit seem to recognize that.

"Our fan support has been incredible this year," Lions president Tom Lewand said in a statement announcing the sellout. "They have created a true home-field advantage this season at Ford Field, making it a very difficult place to play for our opponents. This shows the excitement and support our fans have for both our team and for our Thanksgiving Day tradition that means so much to this community."

So the Thanksgiving tradition in Detroit may be getting revitalized, with a better team and local support from the fans. Even if it's probably safe to say the Lions are going to lose this year's Thanksgiving game to the Patriots.
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