SANTA CLARA (KCBS) — Grounds crews for the San Francisco 49ers are installing a new, thicker field at the $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara after the team halted practice there Wednesday, 49ers officials said.
Work on the turf began Thursday and continued Friday as team officials are confident the playing surface will be ready for a pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday.
The grass turf that had been installed in April was removed after an undisclosed problem occurred as players were practicing on the Bandera Bermuda grass field inside Levi’s and coaches decided to have players move to the team’s practice field next to the stadium, the team said.
Bob Lange, a spokesman for the 49ers said replacing sod on a short turnaround is not uncommon in the NFL. According to the 49ers, on Sunday and Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles removed its turf at Lincoln Financial Field following two earlier practice sessions by the Eagles and three outdoor concerts on the field last week.
The Eagles were able to replace the field by Monday night and the team played a nationally televised game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night without any difficulties, 49ers officials said.