Stadium officials told the Georgia World Congress Center Authority board, which has an oversight role over the stadium, that the turf replacement would cost about $700,000. It's the most expensive item on a list of capital improvements totaling $1.97 million planned this year for the stadium, which opened in 2017 and hosted Super Bowl LIII in February. Capital improvements are funded in part by a portion of the Atlanta hotel-motel tax dedicated to the stadium.
Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins said the turf likely will be replaced approximately every two years because of heavy use and frequent repainting/rebranding of the field for various events.
U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which opened in 2016 and hosted Super Bowl LII, also has announced that its artificial turf will be replaced this year.
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