With the 49s apparently unable to play in Santa Clara due to new restrictions on outdoor activities, on the surface, the team and the league may appear to have been caught on flat feet. It’s not like this.
According to a source in the league, the NFL and 49ers made several possible contingency plans months before the start of the season in case the team had to move and have another NFL stadium for their home games.
Given the real-time communication system between the stadium and the league office, the 49s must play in a location that has the right technology to allow replay and related activities. Unless plans include replacing the technology pipeline to the Oakland Colosseum, for example, the 49s will have to find another NFL-ready venue.
As we noted when the May schedule came out, the 49s could easily play in Arizona, there were no conflicts between the two teams ’schedules. LA is becoming a much more significant problem given that two teams are playing there.
Regardless, the NFL and 49 are ready for the possibility that the 49 will not be able to play their home games. They are ready for this opportunity.