Lions Still Preparing To 'Host Fans' At Ford Ford This Season


While it's unknown whether the NFL will allow fans to attend games this season, the Lions are preparing -- for now -- to open the doors at Ford Field. This is based off guidance from the league, according to a recent email to the team's season-ticket holders from president Rod Wood. 

"In accordance with guidance from the NFL, we are continuing to make preparations to host fans at Ford Field for Lions games this fall," said Wood. 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has opposed the idea of fans in stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL is hoping to make it work, but each team will ultimately make its own decision. Permitting fans at reduced capacity is one potential compromise. 

In his email, Wood said the Lions "will continue to work with the NFL, City of Detroit, and the State of Michigan to ensure we have the appropriate measures in place to protect the health of our players, coaches and fans. We are focused on delivering the safest possible environment at Ford Field, as well as following CDC guidelines and the recommendations of experts." 

Per reports, the NFL has already decided to tarp off the first several rows of seats in each stadium to keep the players and coaches on the field at a safe distance from the fans. The league is also considering having fans sign a liability waiver in order to attend games, according to The Athletic
Depending on local health policies, some teams could allow fans at 50 percent capacity or more, while others could say no altogether. Whitmer said last week she's had conversations with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the best path forward. 

The governor has approved the return of pro sports in Michigan, but without fans in attendance. The Lions are set to start selling single-game tickets for this season at the end of this month. 

"It’s really important that we resume some normalcy, but do it in a safe manner," Whitmer said. "I’ve had some people say, ‘You’re gonna cancel sports.' I said, ‘C'mon, let’s keep our wits about us. We’re not going to cancel sports, but we’re going to watch it differently.’ And that’s for our safety.

"Maybe this is one season of doing it this way, but it’s the smart way to do it to keep the athletes safe, to keep the sports going and to give us the ability to enjoy it."