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‘Wish things were better:’ 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan addresses practice field issues ahead of Super Bowl 58 | Sporting News

Kyle Shanahan is not amused with the condition of his team’s practice facility ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.

The 49ers coach aired out his frustrations with the NFL publicly on Wednesday, offering his first comments regarding the disparity in pitch quality between San Francisco and Kansas City. The 49ers’ practice field is littered with pitfalls, a consequence of the NFL opting to have the NFC champion train at UNLV’s practice field — one laid with outdoor artificial turf, a seemingly foreign substance to NFL teams. 

The NFL attempted to rectify the situation, laying down sod over the surface, but it was done poorly, making the terrain splotchy and loose. That’s certainly not the type of surface a team wants to practice on ahead of the biggest game of its season.

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What did Kyle Shanahan say about the 49ers’ practice field?

Shanahan had his say about it on Wednesday. He wasn’t too vocal about his displeasure, telling reporters he “wished” the surface the Niners are practicing on was “better.”

“We had a normal practice. We’re not going to change the whole schedule up. We’d go too early in the morning,” Shanahan said. “We’re here. Everyone has preferences. We’re practicing on it. I wish the field was better, but we’ll deal with it how it.”

However, according to NBC Sports San Francisco’s Matt Maiocco, he — and the 49ers — are not taking too kindly to the change.

He’s not the only one. NFLPA executive Lloyd Howell Jr. had similar critiques of the surface.

“[The field] isn’t nearly up to snuff with what our players deserve,” Howell said. “Hopefully, we’ve gotten to a working condition.”

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Where are the Chiefs practicing ahead of Super Bowl 58?

Kansas City is practicing at the Raiders’ practice facility in Henderson, Nev. 

Before you dive into conspiracy theories, the reason is rather simple: As the designated “home team,” Kansas City gets to practice at the local NFL team’s facility. The home team designation rotates between the AFC and NFC every year, so there are no shadowy forces at play in this decision.

It remains to be seen how things go for the Niners going forward, but the difference in practice field conditions will likely continue to be a storyline until Super Bowl Sunday.

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