Detroit Lions' First Two Home Games Will Lack Live Fans. After That, Who Knows?

August 22, 2020, 6:58 AM by  Allan Lengel


It should come as little surprise that the Detroit Lions announced Friday that the team will not have live fans at its first two home games at Ford Field against the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. 

But the teams has left open the possibility of live fans for the third home game on Nov. 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.

"Whether fans can attend that or any other 2020 season games will continue to be evaluated while working diligently with healthcare officials at every level, as well as Governor Whitmer's office," the team said in a press release.

"We have spent considerable time and resources implementing new gameday protocols at Ford Field and are ready to host fans at Lions games once approved by state guidelines," said Lions Team President Rod Wood in a statement. "The health and safety of our players, coaches and staff, has been a focal point for all facets of 2020 season planning as demonstrated by being one of the first teams to gain approval from the NFL and NFLPA for meeting training camp Covid-19 requirements. We have the utmost confidence that we can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for fans at our stadium."

How this all plays out is unclear.

Some health care experts have predicted a rough fall for the pandemic. 

Still, in preparation of the possibility of having fans, the Lions plan to offer season ticket holders the option of buying a single three-game plan for the team's remaining six home games


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