San Francisco 49ers

Cowboys wary of Levi’s Stadium grass

A San Francisco 49ers player runs on the field at Levi's Stadium during the team's NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. It took less than a half-hour into the 49ers’ first practice for the Levi’s Stadium sod to come up in pieces.
A San Francisco 49ers player runs on the field at Levi's Stadium during the team's NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. It took less than a half-hour into the 49ers’ first practice for the Levi’s Stadium sod to come up in pieces. AP

The Cowboys have heard about the sod story at Levi's Stadium and plan to test out the field as soon as they get into town for their Sunday exhibition against the 49ers.

"Well, we’re going to go up there and we’re going to go over to the stadium once we get there before we go over to the hotel and have a little bit of a walk-through and we’ll take a peek at it," coach Jason Garrett told reporters covering Cowboys training camp Thursday. "But it sounds like it has been an issue and they’re trying to address it as best they can. We’re going to play a game on Sunday afternoon, so we’ve got to figure it out. Hopefully they’ve taken care of their end of it."

Asked if those types of walk-throughs are common in the preseason, Garrett said, "Just thought it was a good idea to go over there."

The grass at Levi's has been an issue since last summer when then-coach Jim Harbaugh had to halt a practice because chunks of the field were coming up. The 49ers felt they had fixed the issue with a new mixture of sand and soil beneath the sod. But the grass came apart again early in training camp. The team had planned eight straight practices on the field to start training camp. They managed only two straight before moving to their usual practice field and had to cancel a public session planned for Levi's.

Two Taylor Swift concerts last weeks meant that the former grass had to be pulled up. The team completed rolling down new sod late Wednesday. That grass, however, may have to be taken up and replaced after country singer Luke Bryan visits the stadium next week.

Garrett noted that the 49ers' former home didn't provide a lush, green playing field, either.

"There were a lot of issues with Candlestick (Park)," he said. "There was. I remember they used kitty litter on the field one year and all of that. But that’s the nature of it and we talk about be your best regardless of circumstance so what’s our role in this whole thing? Make sure your cleats are right. Our equipment guys do a fantastic job. Players get out there early, make sure you’ve got the right gear on so you can go be your best. I’m confident that the league will make sure that field is safe for everybody to play or we won’t play the game."

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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