Detroit football in an empty stadium? Whitmer suggests it's possible

May 13, 2020, 9:13 AM


Bad news for football fans itching to pay $12 for a beer and sit elbow-to-elbow with shouting dudes: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says stadiums will not be packed this fall.

She made the comment Tuesday on Channel 955's Mojo in the Morning in response to a request for a more concrete prediction of when daily life can resume.

"We're making progress, there is reason to have some confidence here, but we also have to measure expectations and say life’s going to be different. We’re not going to be filling stadiums in the fall."

The Detroit Lions announced their full season schedule last week, and have told season ticket holders they plan to play "without restrictions."

But Whitmer's six-phase plan for reopening the economy permits large events to only resume in the final, "post-pandemic" phase, when community spread of the virus is not expected to return. The state is currently in phase three. 

Some health experts have predicted the pandemic will last years.

Read more:  Channel 955

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