A couple weeks ago, the Detroit Lions announced that they were still in the preparation phase to host fans at Ford Field for the 2020 regular season with the hopes to still have a percentage of people present for all eight games.
On Friday, they announced those plans have changed. For at least the first two home games of the season—September 13 against the Chicago Bears, and October 4 against the New Orleans Saints—there will be no home fans in attendance.
“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,” team president Rod Wood said in a statement Friday. “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.”
The Lions are one of many teams to have announced that their first games will be without fans. The Green Bay Packers—who host the Lions in Week 2—have already said they will not have fans for their first two home games.
For now, the Lions said the rest of the home schedule remains up in the air.
“We are hopeful for an opportunity to host fans at the remaining six 2020 home games,” Wood said.
Season ticket holders have also been given the opportunity to purchase one of two three-game packages for the remaining six home games. For more information on that and the full statement from the Lions, click here.