Times, tickets, location and everything you need to know
The Detroit Lions’ 2022 training camp draws closer every day, with fans, coaches and players all gearing up to attend Allen Park for their first taste of the team. We have everything you need to know about the Lions training camp for the 2022 season.
How much does this team buy into the kneecap-biting mannerisms of the unique, yet effective, Dan Campbell? Now that the team has an idea of what their head coach expects from whistle to whistle, with an influx of talent to go along with continued development and growth, there’s plenty to get excited about in the Motor City.
A beefed up receiving corps to give Jared Goff all the weapons to shine his skillset, plus a flashy new recruit as the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft leading the defensive line? Sign me up. Let the games begin.
Let’s dive into Sportsnaut’s Detroit Lions training camp preview, looking at everything you need to know about the location, schedule and scenarios to follow.
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Detroit Lions Training Camp Schedule
The highly anticipated Detroit Lions rookie class will report for training camp on July 23, and the team’s veterans will report three days later on July 26. Here is the full Lions training camp schedule. Although the times listed below are when practice begins, fan gates open at 7:30 a.m.
- Saturday, July 30 – 8:30 a.m. – Loyal Lions members only
- Monday, August 1 – 8:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, August 2 – 8:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, August 3 – 8:30 a.m.
- Thursday, August 4 – 8:30 a.m.
- Friday, August 5 – 8:30 a.m. – Loyal Lions members only
- Monday, August 8 – 8:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, August 9 – 8:30 a.m.
- Wednesday, August 10 – 8:30 a.m.
Detroit Lions training camp location
For the 16th consecutive year, the Lions will participate in a training camp at the team’s headquarters and official training facility located in Allen Park, Michigan. But Lions have held camps at many different locations over their years. Here’s the full history of where Lions training camps have taken place in franchise history, via Professional Football Reference.
- 2002-2022 – Detroit Lions Training Facility – Allen Park, Michigan
- 1997-2001 – Saginaw Valley State – Saginaw, Michigan
- 1990-1996 – Silverdome – Pontiac, Michigan
- 1975-1989 – Oakland University – Rochester, Michigan
- 1934-1941, 1957-1974 – Cranbrook Educational Community – Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
- 1949-1956 – Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti, Michigan
- 1946-1948 – Alma College – Alma, Michigan
- 1943-1944 – West Shore Golf Club – Grosse Ile Township, Michigan
- 1942 – Charlevoix High School – Charlevoix, Michigan
- 1931-1933 – Universal Stadium – Portsmouth, Ohio
- 1930 – Labold Field – Portsmouth, Ohio
- 1929 – York Park – Portsmouth, Ohio
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Can you go to Lions training camp?
Yes, some practices will be open to the public. Two practices are exclusive to Lions Loyal Members, but seven others will be free and available to all spectators.
The camp will also feature activities for all ages, including photos with team mascot Roary, Lions cheerleaders and Lions legends. There will also be ticket and merchandise giveaways, tailgate games, face-painting and balloon artists. Local food trucks will also be on site.
Scenarios for Detroit Lions training camp
Here are the main storylines and positional battles for the Lions to follow in training camp this summer.
You may have heard of it, but the Detroit Lions have added a star-studded rookie draft class. As a local kid who graduated from the Michigan Wolverines to the major leagues with the Detroit Lions, Aidan Hutchinson is hard to forget. Camp attendees will get a glimpse of his performance against the franchise’s left tackle, with Penei Sewell being a formidable opponent to test his muscles.
We may not see Jameson Williams in training camp as he is still recovering from a torn ACL but there is also 46th pick setter Josh Paschal but even he has had to deal with a injury to lower limbs during minicamp. I hope he is 100% back in training camp.
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First glimpse at the new-look reception body
The Lions had a clear goal to improve their passing group in the offseason, and they did it in a major way. Even if rookie Jameson Williams isn’t able to produce right away, there’s still huge DJ Chark who can be a great possession receiver for Jared Goff.
Add them to the up-and-coming Amon-Ra St. Brown and TJ Hockenson and we just might have something simmering here. Let’s see what they look like in the camp.
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Pass-rush battle ensues
Aidan Hutchinson is a surefire day one starter, but who else? From Charles Harris to the Okwara Brothers, and even rookie second-round pick Josh Paschal, the Lions have plenty of bodies to spin along the edge. Clearly, Harris has experience, some bust and a pretty decent contract ($6.5 million a year), but others ooze even more athleticism.
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Ultimately, we’ll likely see a rotation. Except Hutch. He’ll get all the shots he can handle as a freshman pro. Can he flourish to become a real candidate for the rookie of the year? I expect him to lead the charge.
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Who really comes out of high school?
The Lions made Jeff Okudah the third overall pick in 2020, and unfortunately injuries have limited him to just 10 games since. Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn must find a way to help Okudah become a true closed corner on the border. But with no one else ready to steal his job, Okudah will be paramount to the success of the defense at the back.
Aside from Okudah, the Lions took a chance on a former first-round pick from their NFC North Division rivals, signing Mike Hughes. He also struggled with injuries early in his career, but like Okudah, the athletic ability and ball skills are there. But the Lions will need more than two corners blending away from home as Amani Oruwariye is likely to keep his nickel role but they all need to be better than last year to become relevant. Who else can intervene?
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