Forced to find an alternative location for games and practices because of new health restrictions in Santa Clara County, the San Francisco 49ers and the NFL have begun considering multiple locations for the team to operate.
One potential temporary home being discussed is San Diego, the former home of the Chargers, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports Sunday morning. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions remain ongoing.
Shared use of stadiums in Arizona and Dallas also has been discussed, the person confirmed.
San Diego’s SDCCU Stadium has sat idle for the last four NFL seasons after the Chargers relocated to the Los Angeles area. The stadium is set to be demolished in 2021.
San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Colton McKivitz (68) warms up with teammates before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (Photo: Tony Avelar, AP)
It’s unclear how quickly the 49ers and NFL’s decision will be made. The league has already ordered all teams to operate virtually on Monday and Tuesday in an attempt to slow or avoid the spread of coronavirus at facilities.
On Saturday, the county imposed a temporary ban on all contact sports and issued a mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling to the county from more than 150 miles away. The ordinance is set to take effect on Monday and remain in place for at least three weeks.
The 49ers were slated to host games on Dec. 7 against the Buffalo Bills and Dec. 13 against the Washington Football Team before closing out the season at home on Jan. 3 by hosting the Seattle Seahawks.
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