The San Francisco 49ers have played exactly one preseason game at their brand new, $1.3 billion dollar Levi’s Stadium and they’re already being forced to replace the grass.
Yep, so far there have been two sporting events played on the turf and it already needs to come out. A couple weeks prior to the 49ers playing their first preseason game, there was a friendly soccer match and then the 49ers hosted the Denver Broncos this past Saturday.
The team attempted to practice on the field this week but multiple players struggled to gain traction and some were even slipping. Obviously not wanting to risk injury, the San Francisco 49ers decided to move practice and have now began tearing up the field in preparation of their game against the San Diego Chargers this week.
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.
After significant research, the San Francisco 49ers decided to install ‘Bandera Bermuda’ as the field turf, citing that it would be the most likely to fit well in the Bay Area climate. However, that hasn’t proven to be the case as the field is currently being removed and replaced with what is likely a different breed of seed.
Obviously the San Francisco 49ers are none too pleased with having to remove the grass, though it’s in the best interest of all parties considering the large chunks of turf that were seen flying up during the 49ers game against the Broncos.
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