The Buffalo Bills played the New York Jets at Ford Field last night in Detroit. It was another great success for the NFL and for the city of Detroit. With an announced crowd of over 56,000 and Bills logos in the end zones and at midfield, it was a bizarre, yet still home-field advantage for the Bills and many of their fans who made the trip to Detroit to calm their cabin fever after being snowed in for four days.
Monday night was a win for the Bills on the scoreboard, for Detroit’s restaurants and bars outside the stadium, and for Bills fans everywhere, some of whom are still digging out of the multiple feet of snow that fell last week.
The success of the night is also another tribute to the Lions organization – the staff, the gameday staff, the ushers, the ticket takers, the concessions workers, all involved. This scenario is familiar for the Lions. It is the second time in four years the Detroit Lions and Ford Field have hosted a relocated NFL game due to snow-related circumstances. In 2010, Ford Field hosted the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants after the old Metrodome roof collapsed beneath the weight of a winter storm.