The San Francisco 49ers will soon be permitted to allow fans inside Levi’s Stadium again.
Per Dave Lombardi of The Athletic, the 49ers will be able to welcome around 13,000 fans for their Week 9 home game against the Green Bay Packers.
In a statement, the 49ers expressed thanks to California Governor Gavin Newsome for his “leadership and thoughtful approach.” The team will now work on a safe plan with officials to get fans back inside safely.
The 49ers played without fans in each of their first four home games: Week 1 (Arizona Cardinals), Week 4 (Philadelphia Eagles), Week 5 (Miami Dolphins and Week 6 (Los Angeles Rams).
San Francisco went 6-2 at home in the regular season last year and 2-0 in the playoffs. But they’ve struggled at home this year, losing their first three contests at Levi’s Stadium before defeating the Rams on Sunday night.
So getting some fans back will provide a huge advantage for head coach Kyle Shanahan and company. The 3-3 49ers are in a tight NFC playoff race, and with several pivotal NFC West division showdowns looming, the team has to piece together a winning streak of some sort.
So far, 15 NFL teams have had a limited number of fans in attendance. Soon enough, the 49ers could join that list. The Philadelphia Eagles recently received approval to hold up to 7,500, but they haven’t had any spectators yet.
The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are hopeful about welcoming fans this season, but that remains to be seen. Other teams such as the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers haven’t made final decisions on having fans for the final stretch of 2020 home games.
The Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts have welcomed a limited amount of fans in all of their 2020 home games thus far. The Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals have held spectators for one home game apiece.
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