Detroit Lions ticket prices and searches surge

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The Detroit Lions dismissed the Chicago Bears last night on Monday Night Football and are now 5-0, the best start for the franchise since 1956. Young stars including Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh have helped change the culture in Detroit from one that accepted losing to one that expects to win every game. Judging by the crowd noise at Ford Field on Monday night, the fans have embraced the winning attitude as well.

I decided to take a look at some of the average ticket prices of all the Lions home games over the past two seasons to see if there was a significant difference from one year to the next. The answer is quite simply… yes. The average price paid by fans to attend a game in Detroit has gone up by nearly 37%, from $73.25 in 2010 to $100.06 in 2011. If you compare the three home games against each of their NFC North rivals, you can see the stark contrast.

Lions Avg. Price vs. Rivals
Data based on average ticket price paid for Lions home games, 2010 vs. 2011.

While this year's game against the Minnesota Vikings had a modest increase, it's the Lions games against the Bears and Green Bay Packers that really illustrate the year-to-year difference. Both games have seen an increase of more than 100% in average price, with the Packers game up more than 112% from 2010.

Not only are the Lions seeing more demand for ticket sales, they are also gaining steam across the internet. Last week, the Lions saw a huge surge in searches on Google Trends with "Calvin Johnson," "Matthew Stafford," and "Detroit Lions" all showing in the top 20 searches. This morning, Lions search terms encompassed six of the top 20 including the term "Detroit Lions," which peaked at number one, as well as "Barry Sanders" and "Ndamukong Suh." (See screenshot below)

If the team continues to be one of the top teams in the NFL, their popularity will not only increase in the Motor City, but also nationally. Add in the fact that the Detroit Tigers are currently playing in the American League Championship Series, and it’s clear that Detroit has become a hot-bed for professional sports.To view available tickets, go to our Detroit Lions tickets page.

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Ticket prices in this article are based on the average price paid for tickets on the TicketNetwork Exchange as of October 11, 2011 at 10 a.m. Prices may have changed.