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Aug 22, 2014 5:48 PM by Associated Press

New, longer grass laid at 49ers Levi's Stadium

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers re-sodded the field at Levi's Stadium from goal line to goal line and sideline to sideline with longer grass Friday and they expect no problems for Sunday's preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.

Two high school games that had been scheduled for next Friday night in the $1.2 billion venue will instead be played in October or early November, giving the field plenty of time to be prepared for a Sept. 6 soccer match between Chile and Mexico.

49ers Chief Operating Officer Al Guido says the team, league officials and other experts and consultants are working to determine why the initial sod laid in April failed to hold up at least well into the regular season as was expected. There had been plans to re-sod at some point this season when it was deemed necessary.

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