Concerns about the Levi’s Stadium turf went away rather quickly Sunday for the Cowboys. Owner Jerry Jones even apologized for questioning the playing surface before the game.
“Let me say this, ‘Anything I said about their grass I’m wrong, I take back,’” Jones said. “It’s a great playing surface. They’ve done a lot of work. I feel terrible that in any way, without coming up here and doing my own grass inspection, that I had any criticism of their grass.
“If we did a few things as good as they do grass we’d have a lot better show here, too. My hat’s off to them. This is great management. These people do a great job.”
The grass became a topic for concern in the days leading up to the game with fresh sod that had to be laid down following two Taylor Swift concerts at the stadium last week, and wasn’t completed until Wednesday.
Sod issues were prevalent last year, in the first year of the 49ers’ $1.2 billion stadium, with it coming up in chunks. The 49ers replaced the natural grass playing field twice before the 2014 season even started.
This year, the 49ers were able to hold only two of eight scheduled training camp practices at the stadium because of the sod.
But all those concerns went for naught with a quality playing surface Sunday.
“I want everyone to know that I hadn’t done my Jones test, I hadn’t got down and looked at the roots,” Jones said, jokingly. “I really hadn’t, seriously. And I owe them an apology. They’ve taken enough heat as it is.
“I should understand more than anybody how hard they’re trying, how much they want to get it right, but that was a good place to play a football game tonight.”