Niners were able to play “home” games in Arizona due to COVID-19 restrictions


When Santa Clara County issued new COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, it banned all contact sports and imposed a 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling the area from 150 miles away. In short, the San Francisco 49ers were looking for a new home to end the season.

Nine officials spent Saturday with NFL officials and continued to develop the plan for the remainder of 2020, and nothing was set until late Saturday.

However, according to sources, the most likely option is for the 49ers to play their last three home games at the State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. Their NFC West rivals – who will indeed host the Niners in Week 16 – are said to be willing to accommodate them.

The league wants the 49s to play in an NFL stadium if possible. Another option is for the 49s to play in a Texas stadium.

As far as practice is concerned, there are still a number of options to consider. They could practice in Arizona and stay in a hotel in a pseudo-bubble for a month. Another option would be to practice their region for more than 150 miles – allowing the team members to see their families from time to time – and then travel to their new “home” stadium.

The Niners are traveling to the Los Angeles Rams today and will take effect before midnight before the ban goes into effect. You can expect a decision to be made soon.