Since Levi's Stadium became the new home of the San Francisco 49ers in 2014, one issue that's been constant has been the stadium's turf.
That was no different on Sunday during Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California. During the Denver Broncos' 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area noted that players on both sides had to change their cleats in order to adjust to the field.
Despite the fact Denver came out victorious and won its third Super Bowl on Sunday, Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib had his gripes about the turf.
"The footing on the field was terrible," Talib said, per the Associated Press (via CSNBayArea.com). "San Fran has to play eight games on that field so they better do something to get it fixed. It was terrible."
The issues with the turf are not dated instances. When the 49ers played the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 18, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker's foot got caught in the turf, and he missed a 45-yard field goal in the process. Despite that, the 49ers denied any issues with their turf, per KTVU in San Francisco.
Although Broncos linebacker Von Miller was one of the players who had to change his cleats, the turf didn't derail him from turning in a Super Bowl MVP performance with 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
“It was a great field," Miller said, per the AP (via CSNBayArea.com). "We came out here [Saturday] and it was fast. As the game went on, I just needed a little more support. I was able to get the detachable [spikes] and real quick change them.”
Despite Miller's comments, the bad far outweighs the good when it comes to the stadium's playing field. This is the same Levi's Stadium that had to have the turf replaced one week after opening, per Comcast SportsNet. All it takes is for one player to get injured while sliding on the turf to see something needs to be done about it again.