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49ers already replacing the sod in their new stadium

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The 49ers are going to have some dirt and grass stains on their brand new Levi’s, as they’re already replacing the sod in their state-of-the-art stadium.

After one concert, a soccer match and one preseason NFL game, the field was already in such dire shape the 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh pulled his team off the field last night during a practice.

 

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, crews were at work this morning stripping up the old sod to put in new, in advance of the next game there Sunday.

The previous grass was installed in April, and didn’t root down well enough to keep multiple players from slipping and sod to come up in chunks at last night’s public practice.

The 49ers issued a statement Wednesday night saying the team had “determined the appropriate measures necessary to have the field ready for Sunday and look forward to hosting the San Diego Chargers.”

They have more than that on tap, as two high school games are schedule there on Aug. 29, followed by a soccer match between Mexico and Chile on Sept. 6 before the regular season opener against the Bears on Sept. 14.

Such quick turnarounds for sod aren’t uncommon, but it’s still a dramatic blemish for a brand-new building.

Photo credit: KNTV

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31 Responses to “49ers already replacing the sod in their new stadium”
  1. Bill Belitext says: Aug 21, 2014 12:09 PM

    So they put down sod in April, and 4 months later it hadnt fully rooted making the field conditions a disaster. Now, they are going to resod, and hope that the roots fully take hold in 4 days…. Interesting strategy

  2. nextmanup81 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:14 PM

    Shouldn’t they have just laid down seed back in April and let the grass grow itself? The Irish dude for Scott’s always tells me that’s the best time seed. Feed your lawn, feed it!!

  3. eastcoastniner says: Aug 21, 2014 12:15 PM

    It’s a new stadium, stuff happens. Anyone that has been involved in opening a new facility (especially on that scale) knows this type of stuff happens.

  4. dukeearl says: Aug 21, 2014 12:16 PM

    Sounds like it might end up being done before every home game.
    Hopefully nobody gets injured.

  5. succulentnipples says: Aug 21, 2014 12:20 PM

    Johnathon Football.

  6. liquidalfa says: Aug 21, 2014 12:23 PM

    I see field turf in their future.

  7. aceakking says: Aug 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    The contractors should be fired along with Mean Harbaugh.

  8. uwsptke says: Aug 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    Grass/Field Turf Hybrid. It works in all climates, not just Green Bay.

  9. saundman2000 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:26 PM

    New Shiny stadium means more people want to use it. Soccer games and especially concerts can be hard on grass.

    They probably didn’t have much problem, in that regard, with Candlestick.

    Well, the 49ers now have a built-in excuse when they struggle this year.

  10. ajkrauter02 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:27 PM

    Haha! It cost over a billion dollars and they couldn’t get the grass right…

  11. lionfaninsocal says: Aug 21, 2014 12:33 PM

    The turf in Santa Clara is irrelevant due to the fact that the Lions will be annihilating the league this year. The Lions will be winning first place in the NFCN this season with a 13-3 record.

    Top 3 receivers in the NFL:
    1.) Megatron
    2.) Golden Tate
    3.) Eric Ebron (TE but he will be more productive in the slot than any other slot receiver in the league)

  12. digitalsasquatch says: Aug 21, 2014 12:37 PM

    Had to have been the pesky Seahawks’ fault. There will be tears in the chardonnay for weeks to come!

  13. nemobhax says: Aug 21, 2014 12:46 PM

    I’m hoping the league will force every team to use FieldTurf. It’s ridiculous that players are still slipping and sliding on grass.

  14. chawkup says: Aug 21, 2014 12:48 PM

    I would have paid good money to see the hissy fit that Harbs through over this screw-up.

    The Santa Clara Whiners just make it too easy for us.

  15. ravishingronald says: Aug 21, 2014 12:48 PM

    Grass grows two ways. Up in summer, down in the fall. Sodding in April is stupid.

  16. antkowiak666 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:53 PM

    The Broncos did not seem to have any problems with the sod.

  17. dadplumberawesome says: Aug 21, 2014 1:02 PM

    Now all you football idiots are lawn and garden idiots

  18. salmen76 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:17 PM

    Field Turf should be mandatory on all NFL fields. Grass just can’t hold up in the long run anywhere. Oh well. Not my problem. The Superdome has Field Turf and a roof. And it was opened in 1975. California is still in the dark when it comes to technology. I wonder if Levi Field has electricity? Ha Ha. geaux Saints!

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:22 PM

    Unfortunately new sod isn’t going to take root and there will be plenty of slipping and divots for the game this weekend too, and likely for the foreseeable future.

  20. RegisHawk says: Aug 21, 2014 2:18 PM

    Groundskeepers have been cautioned to be careful around the “Hoffa Section” of the field.

  21. mancave001 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:32 PM

    nextmanup81 says:
    Aug 21, 2014 12:14 PM
    Shouldn’t they have just laid down seed back in April and let the grass grow itself? The Irish dude for Scott’s always tells me that’s the best time seed. Feed your lawn, feed it!!

    ——–

    He’s supposed to be SCOTTISH, you genius . It’s an advertisement for SCOTT’S fertilizer. Jesus.

  22. atthemurph says: Aug 21, 2014 3:28 PM

    nextmanup81 says:
    Aug 21, 2014 12:14 PM
    Shouldn’t they have just laid down seed back in April and let the grass grow itself? The Irish dude for Scott’s always tells me that’s the best time seed. Feed your lawn, feed it!!
    _________________________________

    He says to seed and fertilize in the Fall. You don’t fertilize in the spring because all that does is cause you to cut the grass more. Fert in fall feeds the roots and the grass gorws down and deeper.

    What I’m wondering in Santa Clara is what are they going to use to water this new sod? Aren’t they in some sort of severe drought?

  23. schmitty2 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:43 PM

    salmen76 says:Aug 21, 2014 1:17 PM

    Field Turf should be mandatory on all NFL fields. Grass just can’t hold up in the long run anywhere. Oh well. Not my problem. The Superdome has Field Turf and a roof. And it was opened in 1975. California is still in the dark when it comes to technology. I wonder if Levi Field has electricity? Ha Ha. geaux Saints!

    If memory serves me correctly, didn’t the lights go out for over 30 mins at your beloved Superdome during that important game called the SUPER BOWL?

  24. trollhammer20 says: Aug 21, 2014 3:45 PM

    The 49ers have put their top groundskeeper, Carl Spackler, on task.

    He is replacing the turf with a blend of Kentucky Blue Grass and Northern California Sinsemilla…

  25. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 21, 2014 4:16 PM

    So after a preseason beat down by the Broncos the best excuse Jim Harbaugh could come up with was to blame the Poa Annua, Zoysia, or Bermuda grass? Wow! Is it gonna be a long season in SF

  26. revelation123 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:29 PM

    If it can’t hold up under normal conditions just think of what will happen with brand new sod; especially when it rains.

    Playing on that field is probably going to be an injury hazard this season.

  27. rupp246 says: Aug 21, 2014 4:50 PM

    Dad plumber, I couldn’t have said it any better. Your the man!

  28. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 21, 2014 5:07 PM

    You can send that grass to Pittsburgh if you’re not going to use it.

  29. realfootballfan says: Aug 21, 2014 5:28 PM

    Are we going to have another Heinz field disaster, west coast edition?

  30. rodd1 says: Aug 21, 2014 5:33 PM

    Sell the stadium to the Raiders … they’re used to playing on dirt … and build a 49ers stadium in The City !!!

  31. dd393 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:55 PM

    The Niners should do what the Bears do. Don’t worry about grass and paint the dirt green.

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