SANTA CLARA –- The 49ers promised the turf at Levi’s Stadium, which was in bad enough shape Wednesday to force the team to move its practice, will not prevent the team from playing host to Sunday’s exhibition game.
The 49ers issued the following statement on Wednesday evening:
“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.”
Coach Jim Harbaugh led his team off the field due to problems with the footing. Harbaugh made the decision after wide receiver Stevie Johnson fell hard while running a route pass pattern less than an hour into the scheduled 2-hour, 15-minute practice.
Harbaugh jogged off the field and the team followed him without acknowledging those in attendance. The 49ers distributed 10,000 tickets to fans to attend the third and final open practice of training camp.
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The Levi’s Stadium sod, known as Bandera Bermuda, was selected for its ability to hold up under frequent usage.
But after just one small concert event, a soccer match and an NFL game, the turf was considered unsafe for the 49ers on Wednesday to conduct a practice.
The sod was installed in mid-April.