The NFL is monitoring air quality ratings to decide whether or not the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams will be able to play their home openers. Wildfires have ravaged California recently, and NFL officials are keeping track of its effects on each team’s location.
The NFC champion 49ers kick off their 2020 season at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA against the Arizona Cardinals. However, officials may postpone the game, or the venue could even be changed.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is preparing for adjustments if the NFL decides to make changes to their Week 1 matchup. The Cardinals plan to travel to California on Saturday.
“I’m sure discussions are going on right now to figure out the best and safest option,” Kingsbury said Friday.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan did not cancel practice Friday afternoon, when the air quality rating was 194. Shanahan said that if the rating hits 200, the 49ers would encourage the NFL to postpone the game.
“Once it gets to 200, you’re not allowed to be out there after that,” Shanahan told KNBR Radio. “If it gets to 200 that would be a huge deal. I know when it’s above 150 that does affect a certain group of people that happen to be higher risk. If it got above 150 you could lose a few players. But, 200 is the mark where you can’t go out there.”
The NFL is also monitoring the Sunday night nationally televised game between the L.A. Rams and Dallas Cowboys. The Rams open their season in the brand new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.
Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said the franchise is continuing to communicate with the NFL while exploring all options. On Friday, Demoff told the NFL Network that, as of now, the Rams are still expecting to play their scheduled game.