Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon (not pictured) holds his helmet to the air prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Playing catch while tailgating banned at San Francisco 49ers games

There’s a pretty good chance you’ve tailgated at an NFL (or even college football) game before and you’ve likely throw the pigskin around in the parking lot once or twice.

But if you’re planning to attend a game at the San Francisco 49ers new stadium this year, you might want to leave the ball at home as playing catch in the parking lot (or anywhere, for that matter) has been banned.

Playing catch is among a handful of banned festivities to be implemented when the 49ers open Levi’s Stadium later this year.

Among the highlights:

Limiting tailgating: no beer kegs, loud music, and playing sports (games of catch) in the parking lot.

In fact, throwing a football would be be banned both inside and outside the stadium, according to the rules. As would bringing in animals “except guide dogs” (for some reason, Santa Clara PD have taken it upon themselves to ban “birds, fish” and “reptiles”).

The ban doesn’t seem to come as much from the 49ers as it does the city of Santa Clara, likely for safety purpose. Still, have to think plenty of San Francisco fans won’t be a big fan of the new rules.

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