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Morgan Ragan: The Levi’s Stadium Preseason Experience

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By: Morgan Ragan

An early morning earthquake in the Bay Area and last minute re-sodding of the field didn’t stop the San Francisco 49ers from playing in their third preseason game at Levi’s Stadium Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Chargers.

The sun was shinning on a beautiful day in Santa Clara at the $1.27 billion stadium. The concourse featured everything from panini’s to seafood, and beer lovers could enjoy tap rooms. The sightlines were outstanding for everywhere in the stadium, and the crystal-clear HD jumbotrons were great for instant replays.

Everything appeared to look perfect inside Levi’s Stadium except the grass on the playing field. Although it was re-sodded, it definitely wasn’t luscious green and didn’t look like a great playing surface.

Sure, some may say I’m being picky but after spending over a billion dollars on a stadium, as a fan I want everything from diverse beer choices to the logo on the 50-yard line to look like a million bucks–or in this case a billion.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh had to cancel the Niners practice Wednesday afternoon due to the playing field not having solid footing for his players. Not even 24 hours later the playing field looked like this:

The sod seemed to still be coming up during Sunday’s game so the 49ers will have plenty of work to do to get ready for the regular season opener on Sept. 14 against the Chicago Bears.

You can hear Morgan on KHTK 12-3PM on The Deuce and Jason Ross Show M-F.

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