One night after the 49ers and Chargers slipped and slid all over the turf at brand new Levi's Stadium, San Francisco has ripped up the field's sod for the second time in less than a week, according to the San Joe Mercury News' Mike Rosenberg.
The replacement sod installed before Sunday's game was so new it was unable to form deep roots by game time. The Niners hope the new turf, laid Monday, solves persistent footing and divot problems. The team expects the newer new grass to be installed in time for its home opener Sept. 14 against Chicago, Rosenberg said.
The Niners expect to start installing a brand-new field this weekend, and it may include a different type of grass more commonly used at other NFL stadiums. The field should be ready for the Sept. 6 soccer match between Chile and Mexico and the 49ers regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 14.
Field problems have plagued the stadium since mid-August when head coach Jim Harbaugh cut short a public practice out of safety concerns for his players, who lost footing loose grass and caused countless divots.
The original sod budget for $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium was $1.4 million, according to Rosenberg. It is unclear if the third laying of sod will exceed that line item, although the team announced it, not the public-funded Santa Clara Stadium Authority, would pay for the turf.
- Will Green