Wildfires in Northern California raised air quality concerns ahead of the Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.
Air quality improved ahead of game
But those concerns subsided Monday as the air quality was measured around 120 leading up to the game, falling into the AQI range of “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
Some fans were still concerned and took facemasks of their own to the game to protect themselves from the smoky air from the Butte County wildfire.
ESPN cameras showed fans wearing masks in the stands during the game while local media outlet KRON showed people outside Levi’s Stadium getting ready with personalized masks.
Air quality still poor across greater South Bay but 49ers game is a go. Many fans are packing masks. The Olvera family from Rohnert Park adding some team colors for good measure. Go #49ers pic.twitter.com/qpdDiMQQd4
— @Rob Fladeboe kron4 (@KRON4RFladeboe) November 12, 2018
“It kind of stings my nose,” 49ers parking lot attendant Bob Green told KRON of the smoke. “With the mask it’s a problem. But without the mask it’s a problem.”
ESPN’s Lisa Salters reported that both Giants coach Pat Shurmur and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan were not bothered by the smoke.
Pyrotechnics scheduled for the game were canceled.
49ers to donate jerseys to raise money for fire victims
The fire prompted the 49ers to take action by donating their game-worn jerseys to an auction to raise funds for the victims of nearby Camp Fire, which has claimed 42 lives and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California and still rages.
The 49ers promoted the auction which will benefit the North Valley Community Foundation.
Auction is available here: https://t.co/LgJKmGtrtY
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 13, 2018
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