The San Francisco 49ers will play their next two home games in Glendale, Ariz., the staff introduced in a statement 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 at all levels through late December in a bid to gradual 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 capable of 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 Staff (4-7) on Dec. 13, however the membership nonetheless has not decided the place they are going to observe and stay 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 have 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 meant to cut back the speed of infections, together with obligatory 14-day quarantining of people that journey there from greater than 150 miles away, as circumstances within the space rose to a brand new excessive final week and its positive cases per 100,000 people to climbed to 26.8. The variety of infections per 100,000 residents in Maricopa County, Ariz., website of the Cardinals’ stadium, is 48.6, almost twice as excessive as in Santa Clara County.