Mercedes-Benz Stadium to replace turf

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Fresh from hosting Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be replacing its artificial turf playing surface before the start of the 2019 season.

Venue officials have confirmed that it will replace the current artificial surface, which is less than two years old, with a “very similar but newer” version. This is due to wear from the number of events that are held at the stadium, and for aesthetic reasons from the field being constantly repainted for events such as Atlanta Falcons NFL games and Atlanta United MLS games. Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins revealed that the venue will be swapping out its turf every two years due to these reasons.

It is reported that the cost of the replacement, which will be carried out by the original turf providers to the MBS, Fieldturf, will be in the region of US$700,000.

The process, which will occur sometime before the NFL season opener and during the MLS regular season, will take approximately a week to complete.

The turf replacement is part of a number of other updates to the stadium, including new automated turnstiles, self-serve coolers for the upper deck, and a new cooling tower water treatment system.

The Atlanta Falcons are not alone in announcing its turf replacement with the Minnesota Vikings also revealing it will be swapping out its artificial playing surface for a new version just two years after its installation.

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