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Lions welcome fans back, Cardinals awarded crowd boost

The Arizona Cardinals NFL American football franchise will welcome 4,200 fans at its next two home games at the 63,400-capacity State Farm Stadium.

The Arizona Department of Health Services gave the green light on the attendance, which would make it the team’s biggest crowd so far this season.

The team will be allowed 4,200 fans at its game against the Miami Dolphins this weekend and for the November 15 home game against the Buffalo Bills.

Seats will only be available to season-ticket members, chosen through account seniority and fans will have the option to buy two tickets to either the Dolphins game or the Bills game but not both.

The ADHS previously allowed 1,200 fans to attend last weekend’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Detroit Lions hosted a limited number of fans at Ford Field this past Sunday for the first time this season.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) guidelines allowed for the capacity of coaching and player guests to be 500.

Lions team president and chief executive Rod Wood said ahead of the game: “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.

“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.

Bledisloe Cup

A crowd of 25,689 were in attendance at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday for the New Zealand vs Australia Bledisloe Cup match.

The All Blacks defeated Australia 43-5 at the 83,500-capacity stadium, with the Bledisloe Cup decided in two home-and-away legs, with an additional leg in non-World Cup years, as is the case in 2020.

The event welcomed almost half of the bumper 46,000-person crowd that was in attendance at Auckland’s Eden Park earlier in the month. The crowd of 46,049 made the New Zealand leg one of the highest-attended sports events since the COVID-19 shutdown.

Sports events are able to go ahead without any social distancing or restrictions in New Zealand, while Australia has COVID-19 restrictions around capacities.

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