The San Francisco 49ers will play their subsequent two residence video games in Glendale, Ariz., the staff introduced in a press release on Monday. The relocation got here after well being officers in Santa Clara County, Calif., the place the staff’s stadium is, banned contact sports activities in any respect ranges by way of late December in a bid to sluggish the surge in coronavirus infections there.
The staff will play its video games in Week 13 and 14 in State Farm Stadium, the house of the Arizona Cardinals, which was in a position to accommodate the transfer as a result of the groups’ schedules don’t battle. The 49ers (5-6) will play in opposition to the Buffalo Payments (8-3) on Dec. 7 and face the Washington Soccer Group (4-7) on Dec. 13, however the membership nonetheless has not decided the place they may apply and reside throughout that point.
“Very appreciative of Arizona welcoming us throughout these unprecedented instances,” 49ers staff proprietor Jed York wrote on Twitter, thanking the Cardinals staff proprietor Michael Bidwill.
Whereas native and state tips for controlling the unfold of the virus have prevented spectators from attending some N.F.L. video games in different markets this season, that is the primary time native well being protocols have prevented a staff from enjoying video games or practising of their residence market. This summer season, well being officers in Santa Clara had been among the many first to ban followers at N.F.L. video games and handed an ordinance requiring gamers and coaches to put on masks always, months earlier than the league took the identical step final week.
On Saturday, Santa Clara County took new measures supposed to scale back the speed of infections, together with obligatory 14-day quarantining of people that journey there from greater than 150 miles away, as instances within the space rose to a brand new excessive final week and its optimistic instances per 100,000 individuals to climbed to 26.8. The variety of infections per 100,000 residents in Maricopa County, Ariz., web site of the Cardinals’ stadium, is 48.6, almost twice as excessive as in Santa Clara County.