As you read this, the Detroit Lions are experiencing quite the change of scenery as far as their practices go.
On Monday, the men in Honolulu blue flew to London, England for their contest this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons in Wembley Stadium.
Which means you could probably hear crickets chirping back at their training facility -- the Detroit Lions' headquarters -- in Allen Park, Michigan.
So I figured this would be an opportune time to showcase the site where the Lions usually practice and prepare for games.
Let's go inside...
From the high cathedral ceilings all the way down to the pristine hardwood floors, the lobby of the Lions' training facility looks like what you think it would look like: Pretty darn nice.
You are now entering...
These frothy glass doors lead to, well, everything.
Sandoval Field is the indoor football field located inside the Lions' headquarters, and the turf that covers the field is identical to that which is found at Detroit's Ford Field, where the Lions play their games...
Detroit's Hall of Fame
After exiting Sandoval Field, one encounters glass shelves that display the helmets which represent the remaining 31 NFL teams. And then one sees the photos of the players who have put the Detroit Lions on the map through the years, including NFL Hall of Famer running back Barry Sanders, whom my husband Scott blocked for during his entire career...
School is in Session
It goes without saying that the gameday preparation required by an NFL player include tons of physical practice. But what many may not know is that players also spend quite a bit of time reviewing film and discussing plays. And the kind of room this takes place in resembles, well, classrooms, which are classified by a player's position. For example...
The weight room was inhabited by players when I was nosing around taking photos, and what remains of the facility, such as the locker room and personnel offices, well, they are point blank off limits.
Not even for an NFL wife.
I hope you enjoyed this peek inside
the Detroit Lions' headquarters.
My beloved Lions take on the Atlanta Falcons in London,
this Sunday, October 26, 2014.
The game will be broadcast on Fox at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
And another thing! Join Scott and me at the Detroit Lions Youth Football Moms Safety Clinic on 11/11/2014 from 6-9 p.m. at the Lions Headquarters and Training Facility. This is a FREE event, but space is limited and will be determined on a first-come, first serve basis. Deadline for RSVP’s is 10/28/2014. (This event is for youth football moms only.) Please click here for more details!
And one last thing (I promise): We're hosting a giveaway for
a 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target dress identical to the one I wore recently to the Lions tailgate to benefit
HAVEN, a center for domestic violence.
Click here to enter!