Before the Lions hit the field at 3:15 p.m., families were invited into the training facility parking lot to participate in pre-practice activities.
Playworks Detroit, a non-profit organization dedicated to making recess in schools a positive experience for kids, organized foursquare and provided a hula hoop and jump rope station.
Then around 2:00 p.m., WYCD 99.5 presented local country act Paulina Jayne on its “Nashville in the Neighborhood” stage, and Jayne entertained the crowd until gates opened at 2:30 p.m.
Detroit Lions team mascot Roary was also on hand to greet the eager crowd.
When the gates opened, fans flooded into the practice viewing area, stopping only to try their foot at kicking, test their throwing accuracy or jump around the bounce house.
Fans also flocked to the food trucks. Franks Anatra, Dago Joe’s, Treat Dreams and Green Zebra were at camp on Saturday.
Thanks to the warm, sunny weather, local favorite Treat Dreams had no problem selling its homemade ice cream, especially its latest Lions-inspired flavor, Blue Hawaii Cheesecake, a blueberry cheesecake ice cream with pineapple and coconut. Treat Dreams sold out of the Lions specialty before practice even began.
“It’s been fantastic. We’ve really enjoyed meeting all the people here. It’s been tremendous crowds,” said Scott Moloney, owner of Treat Dreams.
Through the first eight days of training camp, Moloney said Treat Dreams has sold more than 100 gallons of homemade ice cream.
The football, food and family fun continues tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. with more pre-practice activities. Come learn head-and-neck-injury-minimizing tackling techniques at the HeadsUp Football tackling station, or play a round of foursquare or hula hoop and jump rope with Playworks Detroit.
On the way to the practice viewing area, stop to test your throwing and kicking accuracy or kids can jump in the bounce house.
If you’re hungry, Treat Dreams, Dago Joe’s and Green Zebra will be at camp. Don’t worry, Treat Dreams will be restocked with Blue Hawaii Cheesecake, Silver Rush and Blue Monster.
And of course, come watch your Detroit Lions prepare for the 2013 NFL season. Practice starts at 9:15 a.m.
For more information, visit DetroitLions.com/TrainingCamp.