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Mercedes-Benz Stadium turf to be replaced

The artificial turf will be replaced at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium two years after the venue opened.

The plan is to use a newer version of the FieldTurf that was installed before the building opened in 2017.

The retractable roof stadium is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United.

The artificial turf on which Super Bowl LIII was played will be replaced before next football season, Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials said.

The work, which will take about a week, will be scheduled before the start of the Falcons season and during the Atlanta United season.

Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins said the turf is likely to be replaced every two years, in part for aesthetic reasons because of wear from the field being constantly repainted and rebranded for various events.

The turf replacement, which will cost about $700,000, is the most expensive item on a lengthy list of capital improvements proposed for the stadium this year by the Falcons organization, which operates the facility.

The list, totalling $1.97 million, was presented at a meeting of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, a state board that has an oversight role over the stadium, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.