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49ers replacing turf at Levi’s Stadium

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After being forced to move practice out of Levi’s Stadium due to poor turf conditions on Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers have decided to replace the playing surface altogether ahead of Sunday’s preseason game with the San Diego Chargers.

The 49ers cut short a public practice open to fans at their brand new stadium on Wednesday after several players continued to slip on the loose surface.

According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the 49ers are working to re-sod the surface ahead of Sunday’s game.

“The 49ers organization would like to apologize to any fans who were inconvenienced by today’s practice ending early,” the team said Wednesday. “We have determined the appropriate measures necessary to have the field ready for Sunday and look forward to hosting the San Diego Chargers.”

It’s not unusual for stadiums with grass fields to need their field replaced during a season. It is unusual for it to happen after one game in the middle of August.

It appears as those some of the grass at the stadium just didn’t take hold to the ground strongly enough to provide a stable surface. After Sunday’s game against San Diego, the 49ers do not play at home again until Sept. 14. It could give the stadium a couple extra weeks for the new sod to take hold and provide a safe surface for the players.

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38 Responses to “49ers replacing turf at Levi’s Stadium”
  1. strockrocks says: Aug 22, 2014 12:27 AM

    That field better be fixed before my Bears come to town at SF’s home opener.

  2. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:29 AM

    So much for that exotic imported grass from Bermuda. Meanwhile at the legendary Oakland Coliseum the turf is holding up like champ below sea level.

  3. icdogg says: Aug 22, 2014 12:31 AM

    This could never happen at Wrangler Stadium.

  4. seatownballers says: Aug 22, 2014 12:31 AM

    Does the new turf supply WiFi within ten feet?

  5. ceehawkfan says: Aug 22, 2014 12:32 AM

    Anything to help them score a TD 🙂

  6. rodd1 says: Aug 22, 2014 12:58 AM

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

  7. billybone says: Aug 22, 2014 1:06 AM

    Don’t you mean Santa Clara Crab? Put your money in the pot.

  8. daaabears says: Aug 22, 2014 1:11 AM

    Move that first game to DaBears venue…oh, wait

  9. reborninchrist7 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:42 AM

    If the grass which was laid down back in April didn’t take in four months, not sure what they’re expecting to happen in four weeks. Better not go cheap on the duct tape and krazy glue.

  10. jtreddog says: Aug 22, 2014 1:48 AM

    lol…how does that happen? I guess Spanky and the Lil Rascals are on the grounds crew in SF…what a joke

  11. jtreddog says: Aug 22, 2014 1:50 AM

    I guess it is understandable considering sod was only invented two weeks ago…why I am hearing circus music?!?

  12. eddiedbangedflorioswife says: Aug 22, 2014 1:51 AM

    That’s great news! The team is showing they are willing to acknowledge the problem and spare no expense to fix it. There definitely are problems at Levi’s…but the team is now getting great feedback and will continue to work on them and that’s an encouraging sign,

  13. seadawgs72 says: Aug 22, 2014 1:55 AM

    I know I’ll be ridiculed by purists but some locations benefit from field turf. It seems that the bay area may be one of them. Candlestick was no different. Always swampy & slick but at least the grass seemed to hold up.

  14. whereyaat says: Aug 22, 2014 2:06 AM

    49ers: “Who’s got it better than us?”
    All 31 remaining teams: “We do, actually. We aren’t replacing our turf because of incompetence.”

  15. everydayimrusselin says: Aug 22, 2014 2:22 AM


    Go Hawks!!!

  16. bearflagfan says: Aug 22, 2014 2:30 AM

    Grass sod takes weeks to properly take root. The fall is the worst time to put in sod. This will be an issue the entire season. I’m sure their turf people knew this but inevitable construction delays likely pushed back laying the sod until it was too late. At least it should be fixed by SB50.

  17. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:33 AM


  18. vipod4ever says: Aug 22, 2014 5:59 AM

    LOL…the irony! Levi’s claim was to be a environmentally enhanced stadium. Now they rip out thousands of feet of turf.

  19. RegisHawk says: Aug 22, 2014 6:14 AM

    Yes, because after originally being sodded in April and not taking hold after 4 months, “a couple extra weeks” is what will do the trick. 😛

  20. fugginswheat says: Aug 22, 2014 6:55 AM

    Gonna get torn up again by the Bears O on 9/14!!!

  21. queenlivekillers says: Aug 22, 2014 6:56 AM

    People were upset when Notre Dame switched to FieldTurf. This is why they switched, folks. This is crazy. Especially with the drought affecting California. You know they are going to water that grass. They should have used FieldTurf or a similar surface to begin with.

  22. nomargarciaparra says: Aug 22, 2014 7:05 AM

    Grass>Artifical Turf

  23. Indybear says: Aug 22, 2014 7:07 AM

    I find it incredibly ironic that they don’t know how to grow good grass in San Francisco.

  24. crik911 says: Aug 22, 2014 7:14 AM

    How hard can it be to sustain grass from sod in a multi-million dollar facility. As a Bears fan I understand climate has a lot to do with grass growing but I mean its California, don’t you just need water?

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 22, 2014 7:16 AM

    Loose fit Levis.

  26. ctiggs says: Aug 22, 2014 7:27 AM

    #Nobodyhasitbetter #OurorganizationworksFAST

  27. northlandwi says: Aug 22, 2014 7:33 AM

    Green Bay has a world class grass surface through the beginning of winter. San Francisco can’t grow grass in possibly the most conducive conditions around. Advantage GB.

  28. burfict's wrath says: Aug 22, 2014 7:40 AM

    They should have been aware of the issue, and fixed it in April. That sod will never root, and the field will be a mess all year.

  29. goldbloodedpodcast says: Aug 22, 2014 7:42 AM

    Oh boy, here comes all the bashing from fans that wish they had a new stadium

  30. gudy2shoes says: Aug 22, 2014 7:46 AM

    FedEx field and the Oakland Coliseum are better than that dump.

  31. mousietongue says: Aug 22, 2014 7:53 AM

    Nice to know I’m not the only one with lawn problems…..

  32. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 22, 2014 7:53 AM

    Starting to look like a debacle.

  33. slaydog103 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:05 AM

    Let the grass get some height to it for a week or two then mow it down slowly. Let the roots grow and get anchored in. No need to cut it everyday trying to get it established. C’mon man.

  34. buccan33rz1976 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:51 AM

    Santa Clara 49ers….

  35. salmen76 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:59 AM

    They spent a gazillion dollars building that stadium and it doesn’t have FieldTurf, a roof or air conditioning. The Superdome opened in 1975 and it has all three. Ha Ha! “Who’s got it better than the niners”? Yep. Apparently all 31 of the other NFL teams. Ha Ha! Geaux Saints!

  36. rajbais says: Aug 22, 2014 9:42 AM

    What the hell ever happened to field turf???

    Wasn’t that the safest kind?

  37. Bill Belitext says: Aug 22, 2014 10:22 AM

    The Steelers, Bears, Packers and now Niners have issues with thier grass. One soggy game versus Manning and the Colts and the Pats are told to put in field turf. Lets not forget the last time the league went to the emphasis on physical play it was also because of the Pats.

    Yet, everyone on here claims the Pats are given special treatment by the NFL. Go figure

  38. jdrewsy says: Aug 22, 2014 7:20 PM

    They should play on DENIM! Levis stadium with Denim grass!

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