Levi's Stadium Is Still Not Playable

Levi's Stadium Is Still Not Playable

In the above photo, taken by @eperlin on Instagram, you see what the field at Levi's Stadium looks like this at this very moment. That is not good.

Following complaints from players and coaches after a dangerous practice that saw multiple players come up limping, the 49ers had already ripped up and replaced a few thousand square yards of sod ahead of yesterday's preseason game. Apparently (though no one mentioned this at the time) that was merely a band-aid.

The thicker-cut field installed two days before Sunday's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers was meant as a temporary solution because the sod cannot generate the deep roots needed for long-term use.

Now, team officials are also removing and making undisclosed "tweaks" to part of the sand base below the turf, and are ripping out the entire 2.5-acre playing surface, including the sidelines and the area behind the endzones, which had not previously been replaced.

It's unclear how much the new field will cost, though the original playing surface had a $1.4 million budget. The 49ers said for the first time Monday that the team will pay for the turf replacement, taking pressure off the public Santa Clara Stadium Authority, which funded the bulk of construction.

The stadium has hosted just three events: two Niners preseason games and an Earthquakes match. But there's time to fix it. Chile and Mexico play a friendly on Sept. 6, and the 49ers' home opener will be on Sept. 14, the Sunday night game for Week 2.

Another photo of the field today, and below that, the story on the first sod replacement from last week:

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Original post by Barry Petchesky on Deadspin

The 49ers Are Replacing Their Turf Already

The 49ers Are Replacing Their Turf Already

Levi's Stadium has hosted two sporting events in its young life—one of them a football game—and drastic changes are already needed. After a practice in which multiple players went down and Jim Harbaugh pulled his team off the field, the 49ers decided to remove and replace a massive strip of sod.

It's not the entire field that's being replaced—just a roughly 100 yard by 25 yard strip running down the center of the field. Here's some KNTV choppercam footage of today's resurfacing. Fast-foward to about 45 seconds to see how crappy it looked after yesterday's Niners practice.

Wednesday's practice lasted less than an hour, being ended early by Harbaugh after both Stevie Johnson and Bruce Ellington lost their footing and came up limping.

Last night, the 49ers issued a statement:

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

The appropriate measure being, apparently, to put down some grass that won't maim the football men. I support this plan.

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