When Haley, 49, was transferred to Atlanta from Detroit in 1987 by his marketing firm, he became a displaced Lions fan.
In an effort to join together relocated fans like himself, Haley started the Detroit Lions Fan Club of Atlanta, or ‘Motown South,’ as he refers to it.
“Even though we live in Atlanta, Detroit is home,” Haley said. “We still have the Motor City game day experience like no other.”
In 18 months, 'Motown South' has grown from it’s original eight members, who randomly met in a bar for a Lions game eight years ago, to a 200-member club that was recently voted the best fan club experience in Atlanta.
Two years ago, Haley called 65 bars and pubs throughout metro Atlanta in a five-day period looking for a permanent home for the club on game day. They’ve been meeting every week at the Tilted Kilt in Johns Creek, GA, a suburb 20 minutes north of Atlanta, ever since.
What makes this weekend's game even more special for Haley and the membership is that the Lions are hosting the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field.
The Tilted Kilt will be decorated half in silver and blue and half in red and black to accommodate Falcons fans as well. Haley said they’re expecting 400 people to pack the place.
So, if you’re a displaced Lions fan in the Atlanta area and looking for a few friendly faces come Saturday night, Tilted Kilt and ‘Motown South’ is the place to be.
You can learn more about the club and the charitable foundations it works with on Facebook: Detroit Lions Fan Club of Atlanta