NFL American football franchise the Detroit Lions has been forced to void three-game ticket packages recently sold to season-ticket holders due to state rules limiting stadium attendance to 500.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer capped stadium attendance through an executive order last week following a rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.

An email to season-ticket holders read: “For weeks we have counted the days until our November home games in anticipation of welcoming you back to Ford Field. As a result of the Governor’s most recent Executive Order, we are unable to honour the 3-game ticket package you previously purchased. To say we are disappointed is an understatement.”

Fans who paid for the packages that have been cancelled will be rolled over towards the purchase of tickets for the 2021 season.

The Lions have also provided affected fans with additional incentives, including a 20 per cent bonus for every dollar paid in Lions Loot, which can be used for food, beverages and merchandise inside Ford Field.

The order has impacted games on November 1 against Indianapolis Colts, November 15 against Minnesota Vikings and November 26 against Houston Texans.

The Lions have not yet announced whether to permit 500 fans to watch its November games at the 65,000-capacity stadium via Whitmer’s executive order.

The news comes as several teams are ramping up fan capacity across the league. Last weekend, the Dallas Cowboys welcomed a crowd of 25,021 at AT&T Stadium in its second home game of the season against the Cleveland Browns.

The crowd, which marked a record for the NFL post lockdown, accounted for 25 per cent of the stadium, which has space for more than 100,000 including standing room.

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