The 49ers will eliminate one cross-country trip from their itinerary again this season.
The players, coaches and some other staff members will remain on the East Coast between their first two games of the season, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.
The 49ers decided to return to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to avoid the long travel after their Week 1 game at the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 12. The team will practice at the resort leading up to their game at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 19.
When the NFL schedule was released last month, the 49ers' 28,000 miles of scheduled travel was most in the league, according to ESPN.
The 49ers stayed at The Greenbrier last year between Weeks 2 and 3. After beating the New York Jets, 31-13, the 49ers made the short flight to West Virginia before returning to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where they were 36-9 winners over the New York Giants.
The accommodations, practice fields and meeting space at the Greenbrier were up to 49ers' specifications, which are the reasons the organization choose that location over some of the other venues at which they practiced in recent years.
In the 49ers’ Super Bowl season of 2019, the club spent the week after the opener practicing at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. The 49ers won the back end of that two-game road trip over the Cincinnati Bengals, 41-17.
Later that same season, the 49ers put in a week of preparation at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, between games at Baltimore and New Orleans. After a 20-17 loss to the Ravens, the 49ers bounced back with a memorable 48-46 victory over the Saints.
In Jim Harbaugh’s first two seasons, the 49ers practiced at Youngstown State. The 49ers won the second games of both of those trips. They defeated Philadelphia, 24-23, in 2011, and took down the Jets, 34-0, in 2012.
The only time in recent years the 49ers lost a game after a week on the road was in 2016 under Chip Kelly.
After a loss to the Miami Dolphins, the 49ers practiced at University of Central Florida in Orlando. Then, they traveled to Chicago and lost 26-6. Those losses were part of a franchise-record 13-game losing streak in Kelly’s one and only season with the 49ers.