The field at the 49ers’ new stadium is already failing


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Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., has been hailed as one of the most technologically advanced arenas in the NFL and cost $1.3 billion to construct. But apparently, those advances didn’t make it as far as the field.

According to a report by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh abruptly pulled his team off the field during practice on Wednesday because the field was in rough shape.

Maiocco has more:

Basic plays provided huge divots, and there were patches of sod that were still discolored from the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

General manager Trent Baalke, standing on the sideline, was clearly agitated by uneven turf, which has yet to take root. And when wide receiver Stevie Johnson fell hard after slipping on a simple out-pattern during a 7-on-7 drill, Harbaugh brought his team together near midfield to play it safe.

The 49ers abruptly left the stadium through the south tunnel to continue on the team’s practice fields behind their training complex without acknowledging several thousand fans who showed up for the final open practice of training camp. …

The sod, known as Bandera Bermuda, was installed at $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in mid-April.

The Niners have played all of one preseason game on the field, Sunday’s 34-0 loss to the Denver Broncos. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, some players said “the grass had come up in places” after the game and that the field looked like “a well-used public [golf] course” on Wednesday.

Barrows also reported that the team chose Bandera Bermuda because of its ability to handle multiple events. That claim will be tested in the immediate future, starting Sunday afternoon when the 49ers host the Chargers. The stadium also will host a high school football doubleheader on Aug. 29 and a soccer friendly between Mexico and Chile on Sept. 6. San Francisco’s first regular season game at home is Sept. 14 against the Chicago Bears.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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