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Cowboys concerned about 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, also only a couple of hours after the venue hosted a high school all-star game. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


The quality of the playing field at Levi’s Stadium was an issue when the building opened last year and it continues to be an issue this summer.

The 49ers had to halt plans to hold eight practices in the stadium at the start of camp after two sessions because the grass was too torn up for safe workouts. They installed new sod this week after two Taylor Swift concerts last week and the Cowboys want to have a look at it before going ahead with Sunday’s game.

“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 said, via the Sacramento Bee. “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.

Garrett said that he’s “confident that the league will make sure that field is safe for everybody” or the team won’t play the game.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a team has backed out of a preseason contest because of concerns about the playing surface. The Ravens had a game with the Eagles called off in 2001 because the notorious turf at Veterans Stadium was deemed unplayable.

With the Super Bowl scheduled for Levi’s Stadium in February, it’s an issue that the 49ers and the league need to get a handle on once and for all because the biggest game of the year shouldn’t be impacted by a substandard playing field.