DETROIT - The Detroit Lions are strongly encouraging fans to arrive early for the team's Thanksgiving Day Classic against the Chicago Bears Thursday, November 22 to avoid heavy traffic congestion following the 2018 America's Thanksgiving Parade. Gates will open at 10:30 AM and kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 PM ET.
Fans should also be prepared for road closures due to both the parade and Turkey Trot races. The Turkey Trot 10K starts at 7:30 AM, followed by the Turkey Trot 5K at 8:30 AM. America's Thanksgiving Parade is scheduled to begin at 8:45 AM on Woodward Ave. near Kirby St. and ends on Woodward Ave. near Congress St.
Guests coming to the game are advised to exit the freeway on whichever side of Woodward Ave. they plan to park. For those parking at lots surrounding Ford Field, please exit on the east side of Woodward Ave. Most gameday parking lots will open at 7 AM.
Detroit People Mover
The Detroit People Mover will have free rides from 6 AM to 7 PM on Thanksgiving. Please visit the Detroit People Mover's website for locations, http://www.thepeoplemover.com/map.html. Fans traveling to the Detroit Lions game should exit at the Broadway station.
Please note that the Q-Line streetcar will not be operational on Thanksgiving Day due to the Woodward Ave. street closures.
DTE Energy Power Hour and giveaways
For one hour after gates open at DTE Energy Power Hour, fans will enjoy concessions specials such as $2 sodas, $2 hot dogs, $3 packaged beers, $3 well drinks, and $5 specialty cocktails at Social at Gate D, Corner Bar & Grille, Bud Light Party Zone and BLITZ.
Additionally, all fans will receive a commemorative Thanksgiving Day game rally towel courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
The Pride Plaza tailgate outside of Ford Field will kick off at 10 AM and include tailgate games, food trucks and more.