SANTA CLARA –- There were far more boxes than usual strewn about the 49ers’ locker room floor Friday after the team’s final practice before traveling to Chicago.
The 49ers players learned on Friday they were required to empty their locker stalls of all clothing and personal items because Stanford would be taking over the locker room on Saturday for the Pac-12 Conference championship game at Levi’s Stadium.
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin said it was not a big deal, but he felt sorry for the additional work required of the team’s equipment staff.
After the football game Saturday night, Stanford will clear out and all the 49ers’ belongings will be returned to the lockers of the 73 players who have cubicles in the 3,600-square foot space.
Other players were grumbling because of the inconvenience and the fact there will be a college team, Stanford, taking over in their domain for the game Saturday night against USC. One player called it, "Crazy."
But safety Eric Reid, whose brother, Justin, is a freshman safety for the Cardinal, said he was excited about the possibility. Reid said he learned Friday morning the team must pack up all personal belongings on Friday, and he immediately made arrangements for his brother to move into his space.
“I think it’s cool. Who gets to say that you share a locker with your little brother?” Reid said. “I was talking to the equipment guy to see if they can give him my locker.
“It can be a hassle because they have to take everybody’s stuff and put it in the bag, but I don’t mind because it’s my brother.”
As part of the Pac-12’s contract with Levi’s Stadium, one of the teams is to be situated in the 49ers’ locker room. But that did not occur last year because the Oregon-Arizona championship game took place on Friday, Dec. 5, and the 49ers did not have a road trip that would have made it possible clear out the locker room ahead of time. The 49ers played Dec. 7 at Oakland, so the team was using the locker room on the day of the Pac-12 championship.
Levi’s Stadium is equipped with home and visiting locker rooms, as well an auxiliary locker room that can be divided into two rooms to serve soccer teams.