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Jim Harbaugh Comments on Levi's® Stadium Field

Posted Aug 22, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers coach answered reporters' questions about the replacing of turf at the team's new Santa Clara home.


Jim Harbaugh addressed the media on Friday morning, and much of his press conference focused on the grass field inside of Levi's® Stadium, which the organization is in the process of replacing. Team chief operating officer Al Guido spoke with reporters (including this one) later in the day. Below are the questions and answers from Harbaugh's session.

What’s your understanding of what’s going on with the field right now, and will it be ready for Sunday’s game?

“My understanding is yes. What’s going on is a new grass field is being put down and will be ready for Sunday.”

What were your concerns that led you to call off, to shut down practice a couple of days ago?

“I just felt like there was too much slipping going on. And, as it relates to the field, the action’s been taken. We’re refitting, regrouping, retooling and the new field is going in. Once again, it’s our organization, we can count on them to always do things at the highest level and that’s what’s in process now and look forward to playing the game on Sunday.”

Did you have concerns about the field after Sunday’s game or during Sunday’s game?

“I thought it was better on Sunday. I thought it was better on Sunday. There’s really nothing more to say about it.”

Has anyone told you why it wasn’t better and the fact that it was a lot worse on Wednesday?

“No. And as far as diving into this and peeling back the onion, what for? We are getting a new field in. It will be in there for Sunday. It will be very good for this week. Our organization will always do things at the highest level.”

But is there no concern that they couldn’t get it right the first time, they might not be able to get it right the second time? There’s no concern about that?

“We’re regrouping, retooling. What more can I say about it? We can count on our organization to always do things at the highest level. It’s that simple.”

From a coaching perspective, does this impact though how you manage your starters in this game? Are you going to put them out there less time because you’re not sure how the field is going to be?

“No. I’m sure the field is going to be good and playable.”

Is the field going to come up after Sunday’s game?

“That’s what I have been told, yeah. Then it’ll be going to a more permanent solution. But, yeah, they’re making it right. What can I tell you?”

Will you guys get to walk through on the new sod on Saturday, or tomorrow?

“I’m not planning on it. No, that wasn’t in the plan.”

Sunday’s warm-up will be your first time on the new grass?

“Mhm.”

Will you go out there earlier than usual or...?

“Yeah, the guys usually do. They usually get out there two-and-a-half, three hours before the game and get their warm-ups in.”