Arizona is set to have two NFL teams playing their home games in the state for the 2020 NFL season. According to multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers are forced to search for ab alternative home due to the COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions in Santa Clara County and have their eyes set on the Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium.
Santa Clara County recently updated their COVID-19 restrictions, banning “all contact sports at the professional, college and youth levels.” This, alongside the rule that requires 14-day quarantine for a team entering the county, effectively ruled out the possibility of the 49ers playing at Levi’s Stadium or even holding practices at their home facilities.
“We’ve been working with them as a partner trying to figure it out,” said 49ers’ head coach Kyle Shanahan of the decision. “For everyone to find out without them telling us, it was extremely disappointing.”
Considering that the Cardinals and the 49ers’ home games don’t overlap at any point in 2020, State Farm Stadium emerged as the most logical solution.
In the next three weeks, during which the Santa Clara County restrictions will be enforced, the 49ers are set to host Buffalo Bills on December 7th and Washington on December 13th.