49ers to pause operations at Levi’s Stadium during national anthem
The San Francisco 49ers intend to institute a policy on game days where all in-house operations at Levi’s Stadium will be paused during the national anthem.
“What we’re looking for is an organic movement to kind of get back to where we were at one time,” an anonymous 49ers executive told venuesnow.com. “We’re asking you to take a moment to be respectful and honor America.”
The 49ers executive requested anonymity over concern about how the NFL instituted a gag order on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after his controversial comments on his team’s planned anthem policy.
Additional details on the 49ers’ policy, which is expected to go into effect during Thursday night’s preseason game against the Cowboys, per team officials.
The move affects all general concessions and premium dining spaces at Levi’s Stadium, plus the team store and other merchandise stands. It extends to all ticket holders going through security and scanning their tickets to enter the stadium and fans headed to their seats after passing through the gates.
They’ll all have to wait until the anthem is completed, officials said.
Fans will be alerted to the pause on video boards near the stadium’s concession stands. The message will read, “Please pardon the interruption of service while we honor America.”
The 49ers organization’s decision to institute the stadium anthem policy comes amid an ongoing league discussion concerning the polarizing anthem issue that has yet to be resolved. A new anthem policy ratified by owners earlier this year has been temporarily shelved amid ongoing deliberations between NFL owners and the NFLPA.