The launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons earlier this year has undoubtedly given the franchise a level of mainstream appeal it had never quite achieved before, with all sorts of companies from fast-food chains to clothing stores jumping on the bandwagon to promote their goods. Now, the adorable critters have found their way into an NFL stadium.

With the coronavirus pandemic raging on as strong as ever, elite sports facilities have been unable to welcome supporters into their grounds over the past few months. As a result, plenty of teams across a variety of different sports have been placing cardboard cutouts of fans or celebrities in their stadiums' seats, hoping to bring some life back into the ground.

National Football League team The Detroit Lions have opted for a different, significantly cooler approach to the new trend, welcoming a number of familiar Animal Crossing faces into Ford Field:

That Mii Channel theme just makes everything better, doesn't it?

We quite like the idea of seeing Pikachu enjoying the latest Premier League derby, or Princess Zelda getting a front row seat for the next NBA game. Here's hoping other teams follow suit with some more video game faces to brighten up our day.

[source twitter.com, via nintendowire.com]