Harbaugh pulls 49ers off Levi's Stadium field

Harbaugh pulls 49ers off Levi's Stadium field
August 20, 2014, 5:15 pm
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The 49ers abruptly left the stadium through the south tunnel ... without acknowledging several thousand fans who showed up for the final open practice of training camp.
Matt Maiocco

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SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh brought his team together less than an hour into practice Wednesday evening and abruptly led his team out of Levi's Stadium due to poor field conditions.

Basic plays provided huge divots, and there were patches of sod that were still discolored from the 49ers' game Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

General manager Trent Baalke, standing on the sideline, was clearly agitated by uneven turf, which has yet to take root. And when wide receiver Stevie Johnson fell hard after slipping on a simple out-pattern during a 7-on-7 drill, Harbaugh brought his team together near midfield to play it safe.

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The 49ers abruptly left the stadium through the south tunnel to continue on the team's practice fields behind their training complex without acknowledging several thousand fans who showed up for the final open practice of training camp.

An announcement was made that fans attending the practice would receive free admission to the 49ers Museum.

The 49ers are scheduled to return to action at Levi's Stadium on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. And before the 49ers' regular-season home opener on Sept. 14 against the Chicago Bears, there will be two high-school football games (Aug. 29) and an international soccer match on Sept. 6 matching Mexico vs. Chile.

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The sod, known as Bandera Bermuda, was installed at $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium in mid-April.

The 49ers at the time announced its selection of turf was based on several factors, including “environmental conservation, macro/micro-climate, frequency of additional event scheduling, and player safety.”