Dieter Kurtenbach: Sports just aren't the same without fans in the stands

There was an hour of gleeful bliss yesterday.The State of California announced on Tuesday that fans would be allowed to return to stadiums this season, with the 49ers, by virtue of Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 tier, allowed to fill Levi’s Stadium’s stands to 20% capacity.Seeing as it wasn’t long ago that there was a cottage industry of taking photos of the sparse crowds at the Santa Clara Sunbed, 20% capacity seemed like business as usual.We were back, baby!But not so fast. Santa Clara County came in and swiftly put the kibosh on the state and the Niners’ plans.“We want to make it clear that …

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