Lions Expect Reduced Capacity, Socially Distanced Seating At Ford Field

All fans will be required to wear masks.

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July 23, 2020 - 10:39 am
Ford Field, 2018

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Lions games at Ford Field will have a drastically different feel this season -- if there's a season at all. 

The team sent an email to its season ticket holders Wednesday alerting them of "several measures that will change the gameday experience you have come to expect at Ford Field" due to COVID-19. 

"The most prominent change will be the number of fans allowed to attend games at Ford Field," the email said. "We are anticipating a reduced seating capacity with socially distanced seating." 

Because of this, the email explained, the Lions "will be unable to offer (season ticket) members customary and previously assigned seat locations. Once Michigan state government regulations are established and the NFL finalizes specific gameday protocols, we will provide further updates regarding seating options for the 2020 season."

For now, one thing is clear. Fans that do attend games will be required to wear a face mask. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy made the league-wide annoucement Wednesday. 

The Lions are slated to start the season Sept. 13 against the Bears. The preseason has been canceled.