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Footing Issues With Levi's Stadium Turf Force Broncos, Panthers Players to Change Cleats

The two-year-old home of the San Francisco 49ers has a history of field issues.

Footing Issues With Levi's Stadium Turf Force Broncos, Panthers Players to Change Cleats
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A worker inspects the field turf during Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Players on the Broncos and Panthers were forced to change cleats during the first half of Super Bowl 50 due to footing issues with the Levi's Stadium sod.

About halfway through the second quarter, CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said, not only were Carolina and Denver players changing cleats mid-game, they were complaining about slippage in the Levi’s Stadium turf.

The 2-year-old stadium has a history of turf troubles. The field was replaced at least six times this season, SI reports.

But Sunday’s problems can’t be blamed on the 49ers. The NFL took over the stadium prior to the Super Bowl and new turf was installed last month ahead of the Sunday's game.

Field issues had the stadium in the spotlight back in October when Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker slipped during a field goal attempt.

During the preseason, the San Francisco 49ers were forced to move the team’s open practice off the turf due to "poor field conditions."

More Levi's Stadium Turf Concerns After Ravens Kicker SlipsMore Levi's Stadium Turf Concerns After Ravens Kicker Slips

Field issues at Levi's Stadium are in the spotlight again after a Baltimore Ravens kicker slipped during a field goal attempt during Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Ian Cull reports.
(Published Monday, Oct. 19, 2015)

CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair contributed to this report.

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