DETROIT (WWJ) — For the first time since 1971, the Lions will open up the season at home on Monday Night Football against the Giants — and will also do so as part of a Detroit doubleheader as the Tigers will also be playing the Royals downtown that afternoon.

If you plan to tailgate on Monday at Eastern Market before the Lions or Tigers game, make sure you take advantage of what they have to offer.

Detroit’s largest tailgating location near Ford Field has you covered — as Eastern Market will open up at noon and accommodate 750 spaces — with prices ranging from $45 to $180.

“Food and camaraderie are a huge part of one of America’s favorite pastimes,” Director of Marketing and Communications for Eastern Market, La’Leatha Spillers said. “For the last eight years, Eastern Market has been happy to share in the experience with Lions fans.”

Reserved quad spaces, which include 13 reserved parking spaces, are sold out, but are available for future Lions home games.

Fans can also take advantage of a courtesy round-trip shuttle to and from Ford Field that will begin an hour before kickoff and continue an hour after for just $5.

The Tigers will host the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park; and the Lions will host the New York Giants at Ford Field.

The Detroit Tigers sent out a traffic advisory Friday, warning fans to plan ahead to expect “significantly higher than normal” traffic  in the Foxtown area on Monday — and announcing some parking regulations special to that day.

Tiger Garage and lots 1, 2, 3, A, C, D, E, G, J, L, S, T and W will be held until 4:30 p.m. for guests attending the 4:08 p.m. Tigers game. Guests must show a ticket, parking pass or have proof of tickets at Will Call to the Tigers game in order to park in these lots.

Other Olympia-held lots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. [See a parking map HERE].

Patrons attending both the Tigers and Lions game will need to purchase a parking pass for each event. Tigers fans with season or daily parking passes to the Tiger Garage or any of the Olympia-held lots will need to vacate their parking spots after the completion of the Tigers game unless they have paid for a separate Lions game parking pass.

Tailgating will be prohibited in all lots to maximize available parking.

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