Allen Park — Are you ready for some (free) football?
Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, moved to Ford Field in Detroit because of dangerous snowy weather in Buffalo, will be free to attend.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. game will be available to the general public and will be distributed via email to Bills and Lions season-ticket holders first, then to the general public beginning Saturday. All seats are general admission.
"We are honored to be hosting the Bills and the Jets on Monday night," Lions president Tom Lewand said Friday. "We are privileged to be in a position to do that and glad to be a good partner in the NFL and have really appreciated the effort the Bills organization, the Jets organization and the NFL have put in."
Lewand said that the Lions organization contacted the Bills and the NFL on Wednesday to extend an offer to help out in any way they could.
"As things progressed in the storm and progressed in Buffalo, we intensified those discussions — and here we are," Lewand said. "For us, it's about the partnership with the NFL, it's about 32 teams who work together Monday through Saturday then try to beat each other up on Sunday. This is a way for us to be able to help out."
Fans are encouraged to download the Flash Seats app and can find more information at DetroitLions.com.
Seating for the general public will be available through the Flash Seats app beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets also will be available at the Ford Field box office on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday at 10 a.m., if any remain.
Lewand said there will be limits to the numbers of tickets that season-ticket holders and the general public can get, but that process will be evaluated throughout the weekend and adjusted as necessary.
The Lions last hosted a game at Ford Field in 2010, when the roof of the Metrodome collapsed and the Vikings game was moved.
This time is a little different because of the timeline, where the Lions had a few more days to prepare.
"It's a different animal than it was in 2010; we have a lot of different staff members than we had in 2010," he said. "We have a different team off the field just like we have a different team on the field and that team has done an incredible job, from our stadium operations to our ticketing to our community relations. Everybody has stopped what they're doing and pitched in."
In addition to hosting the game, the Lions will help out financially by donating the proceeds from their 50-50 raffle Monday night to the Red Cross of Buffalo to help those affected by the snowstorms.
"We're just glad we can help out," Lewand said. "Whenever anybody in the league has needed assistance, other members of the league have been there to step in and that's what being in the NFL is all about and we're happy to be part of it."
The game will be televised on CBS in the Buffalo and New York TV markets.