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Lions announce full capacity home games for 2021 season

DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 22: Fans approach Ford Field for the first regular season game in the new facility for the Detroit Lions before the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 22, 2002 in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The Packers defeated the Lions 37-31. (Photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions announced Monday, July 12, 2021 plans to hold all 2021 home games at full capacity.

The planned reopening would be a stark contrast from the team's 2020 season, when Ford Field was closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have long awaited the moment where we can officially declare we will have 65,000 fans at Ford Field this fall,” said Detroit Lions Team President and CEO Rod Wood. “We’ve worked diligently with the NFL, as well looked to federal, state and local guidelines to monitor what’s best for our team, staff and fans. We’re thrilled to be at this point and to welcome One Pride back into the stadium. I can’t say it enough, it hasn’t been the same without them.”

Lions representatives said they made the decision to reopen based on Michigan's current vaccination rate, in addition to other considerations.

Guests would not be required to provide proof of vaccination status, and officials would not enforce a mask requirement at Ford Field, although they still encouraged unvaccinated guests to wear one.

Officials said if the situation changed, they reserved the right to close the stadium to fans again.

According to officials, all gameday fan experiences, including Pride Plaza with tailgate games and a zip line on Brush Street, would return in 2021.

Single-game tickets are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, July 28 at 10 a.m. Season tickets are on sale now starting at $38 per month. To purchase tickets online, visit the Detroit Lions website.