Lions fans can be at eight Ford Field games this season, sort of.
All NFL games still are TV-only for health safety, but Detroit's seats won't all be empty. Cardboard photo cutouts will sit in for folks who pay $50 to $150 for personalized placeholders in the Lower Bowl.
"A limited number of cutouts [are] available for purchase," the team posts. "Fans will not have the option to select their own seat. However, the earlier you purchase your cutout, the closer to the field your cutout will be."
Next Monday at 5 p.m. is the deadline to have an oversize photo at the Sept. 13 opener against the Chicago Bears.
The cost is $150 for all home games through Jan. 3, or $125 for season ticket holders. Another option is a $50 payment for Oct. 4 or Nov. 1 ("Salute to Service Game").
The money goes mostly to three Lions charities and all but $24.50 is tax deductible. Fans can get their cutout early next year.
An FAQs page has these reality checks:
"Photos of pets or animals will not be accepted."
"We cannot guarantee that all cutouts will be seen on TV."
"Payments will not be refunded for ... the delay, cancellation or early termination of the 2020 season."
And we assume the team wouldn't allow a bag-over-head cutout, even just for old times' sake or to show self-effacing humor.