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Cowboys concerned about Levi’s Stadium grass

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The Dallas Cowboys have some concerns about the quality of the playing field at Levi’s Stadium as they prepare for Sunday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Two weeks ago, the 49ers canceled a practice at their stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., due to grass problems.

“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,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters 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 afernoon, so we’ve got to figure it out. Hopefully they’ve taken care of their end of it.”

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 $1.3 billion stadium opened last year.

New 49ers coach Jim Tomsula initially planned to hold the first eight training camp practices at Levi’s Stadium, but the team was forced to move operations to the practice facility after two just practices as the sod gave way throughout the field.

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

The grass was replaced at least three times last year. Super Bowl 50 will be held on a new field at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7.


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