A limited number of fans will be allowed into Detroit’s Ford Field for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, a first for the team in 2020. Just 500 fans will be allowed in for the game, due in large part to strict attendance restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Hosting friends and family this Sunday against the Colts is a great step towards our goal of welcoming fans back to Ford Field this season,” Lions president Rod Wood said in a statement released by the team. “With health and safety being the top priority, this is an opportunity to further evaluate new stadium protocols on a larger scale. We continue to collaborate with local, state and national health officials on increasing capacity for our remaining home games.”
Until early October, Michigan had a limit of just 250 individuals at any event. That limit was doubled to 500 as the state’s reopening plans continued. That order was struck down by a ruling by Michigan’s Supreme Court, but similar guidelines remain in effect from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.
This week, worsening case numbers in the state caused the state to change its order to bring its maximum capacity back down to 50 people at gatherings such as weddings and parties. It does not appear that this change will impact the Lions’ plans for this week’s game, but that can always change as government restrictions on live events seem to adjust on the fly in this latest surge of cases, particularly in the midwest.