It’s Detroit Lions Tailgating Season at Eastern Market
Put two Detroit icons together, and what do you get? Detroit Lions tailgating at Eastern Market!
Doshia Barton, office manager for Eastern Market Corp., says that tailgating has been going on at Eastern Market for decades, but it was originally run by the Detroit municipal parking department. Eastern Market Corporation took over coordination of tailgating about 12 years ago.
Lions fans can pay $45 for a spot where they can park a vehicle and tailgate with up to nine other football fans. Those with motor coaches pay $180 for a larger space.
“Some people practically bring their entire family room,” said Barton, noting that in addition to chairs, tables and grills, some football fans even tote their big-screen TVs to Eastern Market.
Those who want to attend the game at Ford Field can take advantage of Eastern Market’s round-trip shuttles for a minimal fee, as well.
Barton notes that tailgaters have to follow a few simple rules to ensure safety and comply with city ordinances. Alcohol is allowed, but drinking by minors is prohibited. Those who want to grill must use self-starting coals or gas grills only, and no lighter fluid is allowed. All hot coals must be extinguished and placed in designated hot coal bins located throughout the tailgating lots.
Barton says she’s not sure how many people total show up to a busy tailgating event but likens the attendance to the number of people who come to a Saturday market. She said people come from all over the Midwest and parts of Canada to tailgate at the market.
“Eastern Market is the place to be for really fun tailgating,” Barton said.
Upcoming tailgating dates include Sept. 20 and 23, Oct. 7 and 28, Nov. 18 and 22, and Dec. 2 and 23.
For more information or to buy tickets, visit https://www.easternmarket.org/markets/events/.
Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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