For the first time in a year and a half, San Francisco 49ers fans sidelined when COVID-19 hit returned to Levi’s Stadium to watch the preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday.
It was the first full capacity game since January 2020.
It had been 574 days since the 49ers last played before fans at Levi's Stadium.
Before the game, many people were excited to get back to tailgating.
“I'm so excited to be back here. I live in Santa Clara and I’m just really happy to support my team,” said George Garcia.
As a sea of fans wearing scarlet and gold headed to the game, they were greeted with some noticeable changes. New 49ers quarterback Trey Lance and new COVID-19 protocols.
Fans who attend a game are now required to wear a mask indoors, including in restrooms and suites. But they're optional outdoors.
San Jose resident Nancy Wilson admitted she had some concerns.
“The areas we walk through all the food carts it was packed people were standing in long these lines waiting for food,” she said.
Fans are not required to be vaccinated or get a COVID-19 test to attend the game.
"The COVID part did cross my mind. I do have a 4-year-old, who is not vaccinated but you really have to make your own family decision," said Brooke Converse of Pleasant Hill. "We decided to come. I guess we’re rolling the dice. I guess it’s scary. I’m not going to lie, but we did come and we’re here and had a good time."
Those who usually take the VTA light rail to the stadium had to find other options as the system remains shutdown.
Still, the changes didn’t stop the Niners faithful from enjoying the game.
“It feels so great to be out with the kids at a game,” said Rebecca Hernandez of Hollister.