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SBD/August 22, 2014/Facilities
Levi's Stadium Gets New Sod, But Still Needs Permanent Solution For Regular Season
Published August 22, 2014
NOT A BIG DEAL: ESPN's Tony Kornheiser acknowledged replacing the sod before the stadium holds its first regular season game "sounds like something," but said, "It's grass. You can go to a sod farm anywhere in America, you can get new grass every single day if you want to. Both teams have to play on the same field. This is nothing." ESPN's Jason Whitlock said, "When you say $1.3 billion, I expect the sod and the grass to be right. ... The number one thing that you want in a football stadium is the field to be properly sodded with grass" ("PTI," ESPN, 8/21). CSNBayArea.com's Andy Dolich said it is not "that big a deal" in terms of hurting either the stadium or the 49ers because the "key is player safety, and they've made a decision, they're replacing the field." Dolich added, "I do think it is a little bit ironic that they talk about sustainability a lot with this stadium, that they haven't been able to sustain this field for more than three events" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live,' CSN Bay Area, 8/21).