The Detroit Lions have announced there will be no fans at the first two Detroit Lions games at Ford Field in 2020.
The Lions are set to go head-to-head with the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints on Sept. 13 and Oct. 4.
Decisions on future games will be evaluated as the year goes on, according to a 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,” Lions Team President Rod Wood said 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.”
The statement continued, “Lions fans have traditionally created an intimidating environment for visiting teams at Ford Field and, even in a reduced capacity, will be missed when we kick off the season against our division rival, the Chicago Bears. We are hopeful for an opportunity to host fans at the remaining six 2020 home games.”
All sections Ford Field will be closed to fans during the first two games, including parking lots and Ford Field businesses.