Lions Announce 'Coach's Kickoff' - Featuring the 2012 Detroit Lions

Posted Jun 14, 2012

Event includes autographs, team practice and a concert featuring Country music star, Randy Houser

Allen Park, Mich.– Detroit Lions Head Coach, Jim Schwartz, announced today the first-ever ‘Coach’s Kickoff’ will be held as a special Training Camp event at Ford Field on Sunday, August 5.

The Coach’s Kickoff will feature an autograph session with Lions players, followed by a Lions team practice.  The evening will conclude with a special concert event featuring Country music star, Randy Houser.

“I’m a Randy Houser fan, but missed him the last time he came thru town,” Lions Coach Jim Schwartz said. “I am thrilled he is going to be the headliner for our first event.

“I’m a big country music fan so it’s going to be really cool that Lions fans will be able to combine both experiences (music and football) at Ford Field.

“It’s a great way to kick-off the 2012 season and,  hopefully, this will become a tradition every Lions fan looks forward to each August.”

Tickets for this unique football and music event go on sale at 10:00 am – Friday, June 22 – at or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.  General admission Floor tickets for the Coach’s Kickoff are $20.  General admission tickets in the seating bowl are $10 for Adults and $5 for Kids (ages 2 -12).  Tickets include both the Lions practice and the concert.

The Coach’s Kickoff will give Lions fans their first opportunity to see the 2012 team in action at Ford Field.  Following a player autograph session, the Lions will hold a team practice in preparation for their pre-season opener vs. Cleveland (August 10) at Ford Field.

At the conclusion of practice, Country music rising star Maggie Rose will take the stage, followed by multi-talented Country singer/songwriter Randy Houser, delivering fans the ultimate concert experience.

“I’m excited to be a part of this first-ever event with Coach Schwartz and the Detroit Lions,” Randy Houser said. “ Everyone knows Detroit has some of the world’s most passionate fans – for both music and their sports teams.  The Coach’s Kickoff will be an awesome event for Lions fans and I can’t wait to take the stage in Detroit.”

About Randy Houser
Los Angeles Times wrote that Randy Houser adds “grit to the genre” with his 2008 debut album ANYTHING GOES, which positioned the Mississippi-born, soul-drenched country singer and songwriter to become one of the next big artists to emerge in the genre. “Anything Goes” catapulted into the Top 20 after an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman and the follow-up hit single, “Boots On,” reached Top 5 on Billboard and Mediabase charts.  The album landed Houser nominations at the 2009 CMA Awards and the 2010 ACM and CMT Awards. Houser co-headlined his first tour with longtime pal Jamey Johnson on CMT ON TOUR ‘09 and completed his first USO tour overseas with Johnson and Kellie Pickler in January 2010 before joining Gary Allan on the GET OFF ON THE PAIN TOUR later that year. His sophomore album, THEY CALL ME CADILLAC, was released in September of 2010 and was met with praise from The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, among others, naming it a top release of the year.  After touring alongside Willie Nelson on the Country Throwdown Tour, Houser went back into the studio to work on his first album on Stoney Creek Records.  His latest radio single, “How Country Feels” hit radio airwaves in early May and has remained one of the most-added country singles at radio each week since its release. The single is the first release from his forthcoming album is slated for Fall/Winter 2012.

Sunday, August 5 / Coach’s Kickoff Timeline (Subject to change):
5:00 - Doors Open
          Lions Autograph Session (5:00 – 5:45 pm)*
6:45 - Lions Practice
8:00 - Maggie Rose
          Randy Houser

*Autographs are limited on a first-come first-serve basis and are not guaranteed.