Detroit Lions Game Day Guide

Modified: February 12, 2020 | Story by Kayla Putz | Photos by Ford Field, Bill Bowen

It’s that time of year again. Lions football is upon us, and some might say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Bring on the tailgating, bro hugs and synchronized singing of “Forward Down the Field.”

The Lions have their usual eight home games this year, including a Monday Night home opener against the New York Jets, a Sunday Night Football match up against the Patriots and of course the staple Thanksgiving game against the Chicago Bears.

Got your Detroit Lions tickets?

Before heading down to The D, make sure you have your tickets. Single tickets can be purchased at If you plan to park near the stadium, check out Ford Field’s parking guide.

Pro tip: Ford Field has a strict bag policy and only allows the following types of bags into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.

Carb up for the day

If you do it right, Lions game day is a full day experience. Carb-ing up for the festivities is essential. You know what they say: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Check out these Detroit breakfast joints:

Hudson Café

10-minute walk to Ford Field
Hudson Café prides itself on large portions and some of the best pancakes and French toast in town. Fan favorites include the Oreo pancakes and strawberry short cake French toast – coated with graham crackers and stuffed with strawberries and cream cheese. Need we say more?

Hudson Café breakfast

Photo courtesy of Hudson Café.

Dime Store

15-minute walk to Ford Field
The Dime Store serves up omelets and house potatoes to die for. They offer a separate to-go menu, so you can keep the party moving toward Ford Field.

Detroit Institute of Bagels

1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit
Bagels make for the ideal tailgate breakfast, so you’ll want to hit up Detroit Institute of Bagels on the way in. It’s conveniently located on the north side of Michigan Avenue just west of the Lodge Freeway.

Kid Rock’s Made in Detroit

10-minute walk to Ford Field 
Right outside of Little Caesars Arena, Kid Rock’s features an incredible brunch menu, and carries over some favorites from their regular menu. May be we recommend the BBQ Mac + Cheese, the Mushroom Toast and the Banana Almond Pancakes before a big day of football?

Tailgate Detroit-style

Eastern Market

Eastern Market is the place to be for Lions tailgating. The market provides plenty of space to park and party. Shuttles run continuously between Ford Field and Eastern Market and tailgaters can also make the quick 10-minute walk across the bridge to the stadium. Spots can be purchased in advance online.

Pride Plaza

Ain’t no party like a Brush Street party. Admission is free to the official Detroit Lions Tailgate, which shuts down Brush Street in front of Ford Field. It features beverage tents, music, Detroit food trucks and interactive fan games.

Kids at a Detroit Lions Game

Keep Sunday Funday going

Just because it’s Sunday, doesn’t mean the party has to end – especially if you are celebrating a Lions win. Check out these Detroit establishments to soak in the victory (or drown your sorrows – we won’t judge).

Elwood Bar & Grill

15-second walk from Ford Field
Elwood is across the street from Ford Field at the corner of Brush Street and Adams – you can’t miss it. Grab some food and people watch on the patio while you wait for game day traffic to clear.

Detroit Beer Co.

8-minute walk from Ford Field
Detroit Beer Co. offers a range of appetizers, salads, pizzas, unique sandwiches and handcrafted ales and lagers.

glass of beer at Detroit Beer Co.

Detroit Beer Company by Steve Kovich.

Town Pump Tavern

10-minute walk from Ford Field
100 W. Montcalm St., Detroit
The Town Pump offers an extensive beer list and live music after Lions games.

Buffalo Wild Wings

10-minute walk from Ford Field
1218 Randolph St., Detroit
Bdubs is a fantasy football haven. You can catch the remaining Sunday NFL games, paired with wings and beer.

Hockeytown Cafe

5-minute walk from Ford Field
Completely immerse yourself in Detroit sports culture at this downtown Detroit mainstay.

Need some Lions game gear?

You definitely need to sport the Honolulu blue while tackling this game day itinerary. Check out Detroit Athletic Co. or the Lions Pro Shop for the best gear.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Detroit Lions
    2000 Brush St., Ford Field, Detroit, MI 48226
  2. 2
    Ford Field
    2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Hudson Cafe
    1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Dime Store
    719 Griswold St., Ste. 180, Detroit, MI 48226
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    Detroit Institute of Bagels
    1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Elwood Bar & Grill
    300 Adams Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Detroit Beer Co.
    1529 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    The Town Pump Tavern
    2233 Park Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
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    Buffalo Wild Wings
    1218 Randolph St., Detroit, MI 48226