What a crazy Covid-19 kind of football season. We’ve seen game postponements. Players missed games. Now, the San Francisco 49ers briefly will be switching stadiums.
The 49ers announced Monday that the team will be playing its next two home games at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium. That’s in Glendale, a Phoenix suburb.
A new layer of pandemic restrictions forced the 49ers to move. San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium is located in Santa Clara County. Santa Clara halted all contact sports on any level. It’s a three-week pause, starting Monday. That means everyone, from little leagues to the pros, must halt activities because of escalating Covid-19 cases.
So, using Arizona’s lush stadium, San Francisco will host Buffalo for Monday Night Football on Dec. 7. And the 49ers will be the home team against Washington on Dec. 13. They’ll travel to play at the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, Dec. 20.
As of Monday, the 49ers still were looking for a place to practice. The fear is if the team stays close to San Francisco, other counties will follow suit and shut down football. That forced the 49ers out of Levi’s Stadium.
Jed York, the CEO of the 49ers, tweeted his thanks to Arizona for accepting the team. He also addressed the concerns of his players.
York also said San Diego’s mayor also had offered his help. ESPN reported that Dallas also was an option.
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Shanahan said he was concerned about players leaving their families if no local practice area is found.
“We’re all humans just like everyone else,” Shanahan said. “And it’s a big deal to leave your family for the whole month of December.”
Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said: “As far as San Fran goes, that’s obviously a challenging situation for them. I’m glad it worked out that we could host them in a way and allow them to use these facilities, and continue to keep their season going.”
“It’s kind of 2020 in a nutshell, and I’m just glad it all worked out for them.”
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Buffalo Bills fans are apparently dreading a return to the stadium where Deandre Hopkins broke their hearts on a “Hail Mary” play just a few weeks ago.