The San Francisco 49ers face even more challenges in what has already been a difficult season. It appears the 49ers will have to find a new city for at least their next two “home” matchups as the state of California is not allowing teams to play games as a response to COVID-19 regulations.
The 49ers may be sharing a stadium within the division as the Cardinals have emerged as the front-runner to host the team’s home games. The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones reported the 49ers are examining the possibility of playing in Arizona as State Farm Stadium will be open for their upcoming games against the Bills and Washington.
“A league source said Saturday that the NFL is looking into playing the 49ers’ next two home games, Dec. 7 against Buffalo on Monday Night Football and Dec. 13 against Washington, at a different stadium on the West Coast,” Jones explained. “A potential option is Arizona’s State Farm Stadium, which is open on both dates. The now-empty Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is not a viable option, the source said.”
The Niners Are Expected to Practice in the Same City Where They Play Their Home Games
Whether it is in Glendale or another city, the 49ers are also expected to practice in the same place for at least the next two weeks. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the Niners will set up a mini-bubble at their new location.
“The 49ers likely will set up a bubble wherever they go, especially since they won’t be able to practice in Santa Clara County between games,” Florio detailed. “At this point, they should just head to a hotel close to wherever they will be practicing and playing, and they should stay there for the rest of the season.”
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