Levi’s Stadium STILL Isn’t Ready For Sunday (The Turf Is A Disaster)


Looks like the 49ers front office spent all their money on Colin Kaepernick’s fancy new deal, but didn’t leave any left behind to properly sod their own multi-billion dollar, taxpayer-funded stadium. This happens a lot in California.

The Niners announced this week that they already need to resod Levi’s Stadium. It’s just that they decided to do it 48 hours out from their Sunday date with the San Diego Chargers.


Just got a quick glance at the Levi’s field, all dirt for 100 yards. Looks like they’re preparing the soil.

— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) August 22, 2014

The San Jose Mercury News Tim Kawakami and Cam Inman documented this whole debacle.

Current view of #49ers @LevisStadium field-in-progress from friend of mine on a tour pic.twitter.com/3lEhxyJDGD

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 22, 2014

Funnily enough, the initial grass hadn’t even taken root yet before the Niners home opener with the Broncos according to CSN Bay Area. It’s as they say, never let a chance at pocketing gate, parking, and concessions receipts go to waste.

Closer view of the Levi’s field right now pic.twitter.com/unmScftBL7

— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) August 22, 2014

Here’s Harbaugh via Kawakami:

-Q: What’s your understanding of what’s going on with the field today? Will it be ready for the game on Sunday?

-HARBAUGH: My understanding is yes. What’s going on is a new grass field’s being put down and it’ll be ready for Sunday.

-Q: What were your concerns that led you to shut down practice a couple days ago?

-HARBAUGH: Just felt like there was too much slipping going on. As it relates to the field, the action’s been taken.

We’re re-fitting, re-grouping, re-tooling and the new field is going in.

Our organization, we can count on them to always do things at the highest level. And that’s what’s in process now. And look forward to playing the game on Sunday.

-Q: Did you have concerns about the field before last Sunday’s game… or during it?

-HARBAUGH: There was… I thought it was better on Sunday. I thought it was better on Sunday.

(Laughs.) There’s really nothing more to say about it.

-Q: Has anybody told you why it was worse during Wednesday’s practice?

-HARBAUGH: Uh, no Matt. And as far as guiding into this and peeling back the onion… what for? We are getting a new field in. It’ll be there for Sunday. It’ll be very good for this week and our organization will always do things at the highest level.

-Q: Is there any concern that, if they couldn’t get it right the first time they might not be able to get it right this time?

-HARBAUGH: We’re re-grouping, re-tooling. What more can I say about it? We can count on our organization to always do things at the highest level.

I mean, it’s that simple.

-Q: Will this impact how you manage your starters in this game–maybe play them less because you’re not sure about the field?

-HARBAUGH: No. I’m sure the field’s going to be good and playable.

-Q: Will the field come up after Sunday’s game (and a new one put down)?

-HARBAUGH: That’s what I have been told, yeah. That it’ll be going to a more permanent solution. They’re making it right, what can I tell you?

Let it be known that Harbaugh isn’t either a fashion or grass expert.

-Q: Are you a grass expert?

-HARBAUGH: I am not.

At this point of the day, 49ers management was yet to be seen. I’m sure Aldon Smith could talk your ear off on turf science.

And now 49ers players are taking questions about the Levi’s field… before Jed York, Paraag Marathe or Al Guido have done so.

— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) August 22, 2014

Niners COO Al Guido finally emerged to spin the situation. Here’s the transcript via Inman:

Q: Is this a minor embarrassment?

GUIDO: “I wouldn’t call it an embarrassment. I wouldn’t use that term. What I’d say is it’s unfortunate. We didn’t plan on pulling up the sod this early. It’s unfortunate. We had a really good plan in place that we could deal with for this Sunday’s game. What fans should know is we’re going to host the game. We’re not going to cancel it. Games have been cancelled in the past for field conditions. That will not happen. We feel very good about the conditions that are out there. Matt Greiner and his team are working tirelessly to get it perfect.”

To the Niners management defense, the team has been playing in Candlestick since 1971, which is a dump of legendary proportions. They aren’t the most current on the latest and greatest in growing grass.

It’s probably better at this point for all involved to just travel down the coast to Qualcomm Stadium, built six years earlier than Candlestick and is a facility that only exceeds the Niners’s old home in its shittiness.

Don’t know what’s happening at Q on Sunday but has anyone considered having Niners fly down here to play? You know, player safety & all that

— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) August 22, 2014

At least the Niners and Chargers are both well versed in playing in shacks.

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