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Report: 49ers move practice after footing problems on Levi’s Stadium turf

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49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly stopped Wednesday’s practice at Levi’s Stadium and moved the workout to the club’s practice field after the club had footing problems on the stadium’s playing surface.

According to Matt Maiocco of, Harbaugh gathered his team after Stevie Johnson fell running a pass route during the workout, which featured “huge divots” and “uneven turf.” Also, observed that Niners G.M. Trent Baalke was “clearly agitated” about field conditions at the new stadium, which hosted its first-ever NFL game just three days ago. Rookie wideout Bruce Ellington also appeared to slip and fall on the field, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

The Levi’s Stadium practice was open to fans, who were reportedly given free admission to the 49ers Museum after the team moved the workout.

The Niners’ next home preseason game is Sunday vs. San Diego. It’s the club’s third preseason contest, which customarily is the final dress rehearsal for the regular season opener. The question now is whether the field will be in better shape after Wednesday’s events.

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  1. cccpsimian says: Aug 20, 2014 9:11 PM

    Funny that my Broncos didn’t seem to have any problems with the turf on Sunday.

  2. seatownballers says: Aug 20, 2014 9:13 PM

    1.2 billion well spent

  3. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 20, 2014 9:18 PM

    What a dump. Nowhere near the quality of JETLIFE stadium.

  4. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:19 PM

    when harbaugh is done coaching, he’ll be top 3 greatest coach to ever walk this earth.

  5. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 20, 2014 9:19 PM

    This is the stadium they said rivaled JerryWorld.

    What a joke. I was in Dallas for a neutral site game, that thing is amazing.

  6. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:20 PM

    if there was a mount rushmore of coaches, harbaugh would be on it without a doubt.

  7. justafan24 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:21 PM

    I’m offended they moved the practice and called out the lawn crew…they should change their name.

  8. skoobyfl says: Aug 20, 2014 9:22 PM

    Stevie fell ?? Wait until you throw him a pass.

  9. dontbugmeonsundays says: Aug 20, 2014 9:23 PM

    Not a hater or anything and I’m from the Bay Area, but the new Levi’s stadium ain’t all that. You would think that since it’s in the Bay Area that it would set the standard for stadiums but they dropped the ball on this one.

  10. overweightman says: Aug 20, 2014 9:24 PM

    The seahawks will never have a museum. No history, no pride.

  11. Shinnbone says: Aug 20, 2014 9:24 PM

    “Footing problems?”
    How bout your offense sucks and your “D” isn’t much better.
    Denver’s scrubs didn’t slip and slide did they.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Aug 20, 2014 9:25 PM

    Levis stadium is all ready cursed with their team being whooped in the pre season. To break the curse they must acquire a QB that can pass from a pocket.

  13. claymus1 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:25 PM

    Why would a brand new stadium have bad turf?

  14. carcettiformayor21211 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:26 PM

    Busted field and half working scoreboard

  15. jcbadger34 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:26 PM

    Who’s got it better than them?

    Well, going by playing surface, I guess every team other than the Bears and Redskins.

  16. doe22us says: Aug 20, 2014 9:26 PM

    However billion dollars and they cant get the field right smdh… Probably spent way too much time on the bells and whistles for the stadium and not the grass.

  17. veence69 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:27 PM


  18. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 20, 2014 9:29 PM

    trash stadium it should be called

  19. dennisatunity says: Aug 20, 2014 9:30 PM

    Love it.

  20. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:31 PM

    Brand new stadium, can’t even keep it in good working shape.


  21. ctiggs says: Aug 20, 2014 9:31 PM

    Get this fixed fast!!! #Nobodyhasitbetter

  22. selgaeinla says: Aug 20, 2014 9:32 PM

    Keep bragging about the technology in this shiny new stadium…….and you can’t get the turf right. JEEZ!

  23. dfwhawkguy says: Aug 20, 2014 9:33 PM

    And the excuse roll on…

  24. sportsfan18 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:34 PM

    $1.2 billion for the stadium…

    Looks like turf was extra…

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 20, 2014 9:35 PM

    Fans could go to the museum to see the current exhibition, or wait to see ancient relics the next time the Steelers were in town.

  26. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:36 PM

    Terrible stadium for terrible people.

  27. number1hawkfan says: Aug 20, 2014 9:37 PM

    It’s not the fields fault the niners are old and overrated.

  28. joey49er says: Aug 20, 2014 9:38 PM

    Let’s go niners let’s go ! 5 time Super Bowl
    Champs! All time nfl dynasty !
    More probowlers than any team in the nfl
    All hard work no peds!

  29. don2074978 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:40 PM

    Best field in the NFL at University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale AZ

  30. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:41 PM

    Who has it better than us? LOL

  31. youreallmorons says: Aug 20, 2014 9:41 PM

    Who has it better than us? Every team NFL team with a playable field. And all the teams that beat you to get to or in the Super Bowl…#alwaysthebridesmaid

  32. fafaflunky says: Aug 20, 2014 9:44 PM stadium and the most important part is flawed. probably not even natural grass which every field should be..if you can grow grass in green bay you can grow grass any where..

  33. misterseahawk says: Aug 20, 2014 9:44 PM

    NFC West is going to be a cake walk for my Hawks. Niners are imploding, Cardinals are frauds and the Lambs are softer than Charmin! I honestly, truthfully see the Hawks sweeping the West easily because its that pathetic outside the great Northwest!


  34. seabrawk12 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:46 PM

    Hopefully they get the field conditions improved so that we don’t see any injuries occur to the Niners or any visiting teams. There is no reason why a brand new facility should have these issues. Player safety first. . . unless you’re Roger Goodell, then profit first.

  35. bmd2099 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:51 PM

    Great new stadium yall got there Santa Clara

  36. txbearmeat says: Aug 20, 2014 9:52 PM

    ruh roh Rorge. Trouble in 9ers paradise?? Looks like the two worst stadiums in the league STILL reside in the Bay area.

    #NobodyHasItBetter? #lol

  37. says: Aug 20, 2014 9:55 PM

    Kind of perfect that fans were given tickets to the museum. Most of them live in the past anyway.

  38. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 20, 2014 10:02 PM

    Why was this not an issue during the game on Sunday?

  39. leatherface2012 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:02 PM


  40. slugbaitspace says: Aug 20, 2014 10:03 PM

    Wait…“huge divots” and “uneven turf”?

    Did they import FedEx Field?

  41. seahawkswilson says: Aug 20, 2014 10:05 PM

    This is good news for Kap and 49er fans. They’ll need a excuse when they don’t make the playoffs.

  42. pats777 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:05 PM

    Wow, just like everything else that comes out of Silicon Valley, complete garbage.

  43. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 20, 2014 10:06 PM

    Didn’t take long before the 40 whiners blamed that Sunday night beatdown on something other than their play, the turf!

  44. chargerdillon says: Aug 20, 2014 10:07 PM

    That’s really great to hear. I already hate the stupid 49’ers. Now you have a injury-creating field.

    Nice brand new cheap stadium you got there San Fran….oh wait…… guess what Silicon Valley jacked your team.

  45. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 20, 2014 10:07 PM

    Classy top to bottom.

  46. bayfootball says: Aug 20, 2014 10:08 PM

    Good thing they moved away from that dump of field called Candlestick Park.

  47. icebowler says: Aug 20, 2014 10:14 PM

    I guess they want the Chicago Bears to feel right at home “on a $hity playing field” for the home opener.

  48. thebirdofprey2 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:20 PM

    Geesh, a billion dollars doesn’t get you what it use to.

  49. blaineomega says: Aug 20, 2014 10:24 PM

    They can’t do anything right in San Fran…

  50. alonestartexan says: Aug 20, 2014 10:28 PM

    and the NFL wants the Raiders to share this death trap!

  51. chawkup says: Aug 20, 2014 10:40 PM

    Wow, the Santa Clara 49ers really have their stuff together. Said no one. Ever.

  52. bostonfrogs says: Aug 20, 2014 10:42 PM

    Levi Stadium? You sure they weren’t falling over laughing?

  53. phonesringingdude1 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:47 PM

    The answer is “nope”

  54. mrlaloosh says: Aug 20, 2014 10:49 PM

    Wow! Just like Kezar Stadium!!

  55. richndc says: Aug 20, 2014 10:52 PM

    tee hee

  56. tigershark0052 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:55 PM

    Here come the Seatards and their dumb comments

  57. annes22 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:58 PM

    How can you have a problem with footing on a new field??? Obviously there is something wrong with the sod. This is a new stadium, please how can this happen? Who was the agronomist?

  58. joeflaccosunibrow says: Aug 20, 2014 10:59 PM

    1.3 billion sure doesn’t buy what it used to…

  59. granadafan says: Aug 20, 2014 11:02 PM

    When did Dan Snyder buy the 49ers?

  60. ceehawkfan says: Aug 20, 2014 11:08 PM

    And if they still can’t score a TD after this third game they have something to blame it on.

  61. eljefedelmundo says: Aug 20, 2014 11:12 PM

    Don’t demolish Candlestick yet!

  62. joe400e says: Aug 20, 2014 11:13 PM

    All that money spent and they didn’t even get the right turf. Pretty sad.

  63. godblessfootball says: Aug 20, 2014 11:15 PM

    I hereby declare Levi Stadium cursed. So let it be written, so let it be done!

  64. adriansbabymommainwisco says: Aug 20, 2014 11:15 PM

    Watch out Crabtree!!!

  65. tipstopten says: Aug 20, 2014 11:22 PM

    A billion plus and no roof? Even a guy from
    Arkansas who owns the Cowboys was smarter
    that the brass of the 49’ers

  66. rextraordinaire says: Aug 20, 2014 11:36 PM

    This makes me want to set up a prop bet on whether Levi’s or Soldier Field will have the worst field by the end of the regular season.

  67. CowboyErik says: Aug 20, 2014 11:46 PM

    swampy conditions

  68. aceakking says: Aug 20, 2014 11:49 PM

    The Niners now have an excuse when they get blown out at home.

  69. mydogsnameisvick says: Aug 20, 2014 11:51 PM

    Ha ha.

  70. jdrewsy says: Aug 20, 2014 11:52 PM

    Someone in the the Santa Clara Parks & Rec. Dept. is gonna have a terrible Thursday!

  71. jonesjourdan24 says: Aug 20, 2014 11:53 PM

    49ers its preseason! We talking about practice come on man. We talking about practice come on now. There are more important thing than practice like the 49ers beating the crap of Tony Romo and the Cowgirls.

  72. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Aug 20, 2014 11:54 PM

    Sounds to me like someone is trying to cover for half the 49er’s being drunk at Wednesday’s practice.

  73. apm says: Aug 20, 2014 11:56 PM

    Chicago Parks Department has a long reach.

  74. packfntk says: Aug 21, 2014 12:09 AM

    Fire the grounds keeping crew. How does this happen on a brand new field? It should be a perfect playing surface.

  75. omen316 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:17 AM

    They even whine about their own field now?

  76. rodd1 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:23 AM

    Perfect Solution … sell The Field of Jeans to the Raiders … and build a new 49ers stadium in The City on the current large car park on the opposite (south) side of McCovey’s Cove from AT&T Park … Raider fans can enjoy the delights of Santa Clara !!!

  77. axespray says: Aug 21, 2014 12:25 AM

    Them damn bears – they sent people in to make the field as crappy as soldier field so they can get an advantage!

  78. fifel1144 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:27 AM

    The footing was fine for the Broncos.

  79. billybone says: Aug 21, 2014 12:56 AM

    Easy fix I am sure, but for a football stadium that looks like a baseball stadium, awkward design, looks unfinished, cost over one billion dollars, and that is now located well beyond where the Stick was and not even in San Fran I’d be disappointed if I were a 9’er fan.

    But apparently it has wifi so that’s cool…… :/

  80. ajas95 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:09 AM

    Never let me slip, ’cause if I slip then I’m slippin’

    I thought it was just a G’s thing

  81. ronworthdubbs says: Aug 21, 2014 1:10 AM

    Whose got it better than them? Everyone, apparently.

  82. beanocook says: Aug 21, 2014 1:11 AM

    The nfl is a joke

  83. roddoliver says: Aug 21, 2014 1:32 AM

    I noticed the RBs slipping on that crappy turf during Sunday’s blowout.

  84. silverandblack052099 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:32 AM


  85. bert1913 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:44 AM

    the san francisco curse begins….

  86. JSpicoli says: Aug 21, 2014 1:48 AM

    Maybe they scored over on the practice field.

  87. jaranspringer says: Aug 21, 2014 2:00 AM

    Good thing the Raiders play on a baseball field.

  88. orivar says: Aug 21, 2014 2:08 AM

    Whiners. I have to practice on a lot worse for free.

  89. jimmysee says: Aug 21, 2014 2:11 AM

    The 49’ers should hire Apple Computer to manage the field.

    Then they’d get a great product.

  90. northbynw27 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:26 AM

    As if Harbaugh’s footing wasn’t loose enough..

  91. kmack831 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:01 AM

    I was at the practice. Really neat to be in Field of Jeans. But the practice fields they can split off and focus on more drills.

    Seems like a lot of parking lots around. we got in Green Lot 1. Why not Letters / Numbers in the area you park in?? so takes like 10-15 min to find your car!

    11 bucks for beers!! 7 bucks for popcorn. very pricey. Drink a lot before you come in!! and make sure you have a clear 12x6x12 bag. no purses no diaper bags!! small clutch purse and clear bag that size Is all that is allowed. so bring water or coke in un open PLASTIC bottles!!

    The worst thing about the place is they sell Pepsi not Coke!! There is a beer Tap room looks like 20 diff beers to pick. buck yeah 10-11 bucks a bottle ouch!

    Day games looks like sun right on top of you so bring a hat!! will get hot out there!!

    Bummer practice was cut short, but safety first. And really sweet we get free museum passes!!

  92. bnwpnw says: Aug 21, 2014 3:21 AM

    The Curse of Santa Clara is now underway.

  93. markustt says: Aug 21, 2014 4:07 AM

    Suites with every amenity? check
    Wireless hook up so fans can order food from every seat? check.
    Quality turf that will reduce player injuries? Uh….games are going to be played here?

  94. RegisHawk says: Aug 21, 2014 6:10 AM

    Billion dollar stadium

    Ten cent design

  95. RegisHawk says: Aug 21, 2014 6:17 AM

    It was later discovered that the uneven turf and divots were a result of the concession stands burying all the garlic fries they couldn’t sell last Sunday.

  96. buffalosaint says: Aug 21, 2014 7:26 AM

    I’ve always heard the grass in San Francisco was pretty good.

  97. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 21, 2014 7:43 AM

    Footing problems are not good when your qb has been recovering from a foot injury.

  98. intelligent cement says: Aug 21, 2014 7:59 AM

    Advantage: Chicago Bears.

  99. bergencountyjc says: Aug 21, 2014 8:13 AM

    I remember when Metlife Stadium had a few issues when it was built to the extent that they replaced the center half with a NFL logo instead of changing it to a Giants/Jets for each game. We also had someone out the rest of the season after tearing their ACL in a pre-season practice. You can throw all the money you want into a field but until you have a real-life scenario like a football game at full speed, you’re really not going to know how the field truly lies.

  100. vesh31 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:31 AM

    There really is nothing wrong with the field. Thats how Stevie Johnson plays all the time. You should just wait and see what he does if and after he catches a pass.

  101. calicokiller49 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:37 AM

    Wow there must be a reason so many people hate the 49ers……..jealousy breeds hate, perhaps?

  102. trollhammer20 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:58 AM

    In 40 years, they can build the next new stadium in a more agriculture-friendly location, like Gilroy or Salinas.

  103. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 21, 2014 9:03 AM

    Hey, in the Niners’ defense, word is it has cool wi fi and you can order a dog on your phone.

  104. makimaguro says: Aug 21, 2014 9:22 AM

    Sounds like grass roots aren’t going deep enough if it’s coming up in pelts – looking pretty was more important than performance.

  105. r8rsfan says: Aug 21, 2014 9:25 AM

    They charge admission to the Niners museum?

  106. raiderrob21 says: Aug 21, 2014 9:53 AM

    Nice looking stadium, but to me looks more like a College stadium. Not what I thought 1.2 Billion would look like. Should have spent 2 Billion and made it look more like a state of the art stadium like Jerrys world. (1 Billion in TX vs 1 Billion in CA)

  107. jvibottomline says: Aug 21, 2014 9:57 AM

    49ers 55 Montana
    Broncos 10 Elway

    49ers 5 Montana, Rice, Young, Lott, Walsh, on and on
    Seahawks 1 Who??????????????

  108. bradytoanybody says: Aug 21, 2014 10:07 AM

    You mean turf that is only 3.5 months old isn’t fully rooted? Some people are plain ignorant to that. Landscapers should’ve planned that better.

  109. digitalsasquatch says: Aug 21, 2014 10:09 AM

    Somehow, this will–once again–all end up being the fault of those pesky Seahawks and their rambunctious fans.

    Stay off the freeways and keep the chardonnay on ice at home this year, Niner fans!

  110. bradytoanybody says: Aug 21, 2014 10:10 AM

    I think there are more seahawks “fans” on this article than there are all 31 other teams combined… sad sad sad. I can’t wait to watch them fall on their faces. Hell I hope the whole division does but that’s another story lol.

  111. tinbender2000 says: Aug 21, 2014 10:28 AM

    We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:41 PM

    Who has it better than us? LOL

    Well, you have the dorkiest user name to ever grace these pages, and you live in Pittsburgh, so I’d say everyone has it better than you.

  112. bearflagfan says: Aug 21, 2014 10:39 AM

    Nice touch bringing the Candlestick Park grass to the new stadium. Soon the 49ers will act like Microsoft and say the soft turf is a feature (home field advantage!) not a bug.

  113. greengoldandbold says: Aug 21, 2014 10:45 AM

    We all know the Niners were slipping !

  114. jayniner says: Aug 21, 2014 10:47 AM

    That’s what happens when you use union workers….

  115. seadawgs72 says: Aug 21, 2014 10:52 AM

    I’m a Seahawk fan but did anyone stop to consider that it was the game last week that tore up the field? That would be my guess. Now, back to the hate.

  116. rl7911 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:14 AM

    Harbaugh is just looking for any excuse he can.

  117. vanster2000 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:48 AM

    Nice stadium….Not!!!!

    A couple of questions for you loyal 49ers Fans.

    1. Why was the exact shades of blue and green well known to Seahawks Fans used to promote Recycling?

    Other shades could have been used.
    However, it is nice of you to keep constant reminders of who the current Super Bowl Champions are throughout your new stadium.

    2. If San Francisco has such a loyal Fan base, Then why are 15.7% of the tickets for the Seahawks game in Levi Stadium currently listed on just one Resale Site? (Stub hub).

    With all of the ticket resale options available, I would estimate that over 30% of the tickets for this game are currently on the Resale Market.

    Not very Loyal of the current ticket holders.

    It looks like the 12th man has the opportunity to set a noise record in Levi stadium also.

    That would be embarrassing for the 49ers offense to need timeouts to communicate plays in their own new stadium.

  118. texansdan says: Aug 21, 2014 11:54 AM

    I hear Oakland will have a field available next year…

  119. RegisHawk says: Aug 21, 2014 12:03 PM

    People hate the 49ers because they act like they deserve a 6th trophy without going out and working for it. Their sense of entitlement is beyond presumptuous.

  120. blabidibla says: Aug 21, 2014 12:47 PM

    What? A brand new stadium with some kinks to work out? This almost never happens!

  121. canmannac says: Aug 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    Definitely something is underfoot….

  122. puntonfirstdown says: Aug 21, 2014 1:02 PM

    Lambeau’s turf would be the solution over whatever they installed in Levi’s Stadium:

    ” Installed in 2007, the top level of the field system is 12 inches of root-zone sand and Kentucky bluegrass turf. DD GrassMaster synthetic fibers are stitched into the surface, providing strength and stability to the field. Fibers extend approximately seven inches below the surface and are exposed approximately one inch above the surface and are spaced every three-quarters of an inch. Approximately 20 million individual stitches make up the process.”

  123. eddiedbangedflorioswife says: Aug 21, 2014 1:28 PM

    Wow nothing brings out the haters like a niners story. Even the Patriots don’t get this kind of hate these days. Love it!!!

  124. fasteddy415 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    Too much time on your hands people. Feel free to look for work instead of eating 49er news like there is no tomorrow…

    New stadium with issues to work on? Big deal. All brand new built stadiums have some sort of issues that end up being resolved.

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