As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, it’s not surprising to hear that no fans will be allowed to attend this Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.
In a semi-related note and not a surprise: #49ers will not have fans at Sunday night's game against the Eagles. Team plans to continue working with local health and government to determine when fans might be able to return.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) September 29, 2020
San Francisco plays three-straight home games beginning this week and it’s easy to assume we won’t see The Faithful in the stadium for any of them. Some NFL teams have allowed a minimal amount of fans in for games and we haven’t seen any reports of positive cases as a result.
With California’s strict COVID-19 guidelines, it’s tough to see fans allowed in stadiums in the near future. The 2021 NFL season seems like a more realistic option.
The 49ers also released a statement saying that Levi’s Stadium will serve as polling place for the November election.
Through the support of each of the partners, Levi’s Stadium will fill a need for another in-person voting center where any resident of Santa Clara County can vote in-person or deposit their ballot. The SAP Tower atrium within Levi’s Stadium will be open for early voting beginning on October 31st (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and through Election Day on November 3rd (7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.). Featuring free parking at the Great America parking lot adjacent to the stadium, Levi’s Stadium previously served as a voting center for the California primary in March. Levi’s Stadium will be one of 100 voting centers in Santa Clara County, along with 98 drop box locations.
“Our partnership with Levi’s Stadium and the 49ers is another touchdown for democracy this year,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “The addition of voting venues that allow for social distancing are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to be inspired by sports venues opening their doors for new and safe voting options this year and hope it inspires other teams to follow suit as the clock runs down on the November General Election.”