Levi's Stadium is one of the most impressive stadiums in the world. From a technological standpoint, it's essentially unrivaled and it sure is pretty to look at, isn't it? But there's been so many issues with the fan experience AND the player experience that most of the time when we talk about it, it's negative.
That was definitely the case Saturday evening, after the San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their first practice of training camp. It wasn't a long practice, there were no pads so nobody was tackling and the only thing that had happened on the field prior to said practice was a prep all-star game. The field looked terrible, as noted in our post following training camp, and as evidenced by the picture in this Eric Branch Tweet.
Now, there are a couple things worth noting. The first is that the 49ers plan another seven consecutive practices at Levi's Stadium as training camp progresses. The second is that head coach Jim Tomsula pointed out that the field was in a much better condition between the hash marks than it was outside. That's fair, but it still doesn't bode well for the stadium going forward.
Following practice, Tomsula said that he still plans for the 49ers to practice at Levi's Stadium on Saturday, but added that he reserves the right to move practice to another field if he feels it is unsafe.
"We'll reserve our right to make decisions as we need to," Tomsula said, via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, "They're going to roll it and work it all night, but we're not going to come out if it's not good."
That's good, and I expect nothing less from a guy who is considered a player's coach. I have faith that Tomsula won't send the team out there if he feels it is unsafe by any means, but the field is deteriorating at such a rapid clip I feel like a one to two hour practice leaves many opportunities for a field to go from acceptable to unacceptable.
Whatever the case, it's good to hear Tomsula isn't bound by any rules regarding where the team practices and can move it if need be. But the 49ers really do need to figure it out. They plan on re-sodding the field more than usual this season already, and I'm wondering when they're just going to say "screw it" and switch to an artificial surface. This is getting out of control.