49ers already replacing the sod in their new stadium

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

31 responses to “49ers already replacing the sod in their new stadium

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  5. 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)

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!

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

  11. 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!!
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    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?

  12. 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?

  13. 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…

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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

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