Michigan won’t be “filling stadiums in the fall”

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The Lions may not have to worry about getting booed at home. Again.

On Tuesday, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer said that she doesn’t expect large crowds in her state this year, due to the ongoing pandemic.

“There is reason to feel some confidence here,” Whitmer said on WQKI-FM, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “But we also have to measure expectations and say life’s going to be different. We’re not going to be filling stadiums in the fall.”

She wasn’t asked to clarify whether this means empty stadiums or stadiums that aren’t full to capacity.

“COVID-19 is a novel virus and that means it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Whitmer said. “We’re learning a tremendous amount. Every week that goes by, we’ve learned so much more about this disease and what it’s going to take to keep us safe and to avoid that second wave.”

The second wave continues to be a major concern for many, but at the same time little concern for many more.

The Lions, in response to Whitmer’s remarks, followed the edict of the league office and said nothing.

“The Detroit Lions are following the NFL’s lead in preparing to play a full 2020 season in front of fans,” the team said in a statement, via Birkett. “Given the evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, contingencies are needed and will be in place. We are evaluating all facets of the game day experience, and will do what is required to maintain a safe and healthy environment at Ford Field where our fans can feel comfortable.”

If the people responsible for the state aren’t comfortable with any fans present, there will be none. Where that goes remains to be seen, and it depends in large part on the willingness of people to do things now that will limit the spread of the virus later.

Some may not like that, but that doesn’t make it not true.

7 responses to “Michigan won’t be “filling stadiums in the fall”

  1. You have to respect her, saving lives is a lot more important than fantasy stats and game highlights!

  2. The “people who are responsible for the State” are it’s citizens. Don’t forget that.

  3. You need to stop.

    The issue of having a season and having fans in the stands are TWO SEPERATE ISSUES. THE SEASON IS GOING TO BE PLAYED. The NFL is not and has never said the season will start with fans in the stands. They have not made the determination yet as to whether fans will be in attendance or not. They are “preparing” for a season that WILL BE PLAYED with or without fans in attendance.

    To imply that the NFL has “little concern” for COVID-19 is disingenuous at best. This is not going away any time soon, so we need to learn to live our lives safely with it. And have sporting events in a safe way as well. The world has changed. If you want to sit in a closet and cry that nothing can go on and life is over then do so. The rest of us are going to enjoy a NFL season on TV and/or in the stands, whichever is deemed the safest way to conduct a season. That story will be fluid. The season may start with no fans attending and by October the safest path is then deemed to allow fans to attend.

  4. Detroit has been run into the ground by the dems since the 50’s, the Lions organization followed suit. They have been failing since 1957. Year after year people continue to vote for these government officials and then they complain about the consequences.

  5. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 13, 2020 at 8:01 am

    “THE SEASON IS GOING TO BE PLAYED.
    They are “preparing” for a season that WILL BE PLAYED with or without fans in attendance.

    The rest of us are going to enjoy a NFL season on TV and/or in the stands, whichever is deemed the safest way to conduct a season.”

    **********
    You do realize the NFL is not the governing body of the United States government?
    No 2020 football season Sparky, sorry.

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