ATLANTA — Atlanta United trained at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Wednesday morning in order to get a feel for new artificial turf at the stadium.
The new FieldTurf surface, dubbed “Core,” is similar to the original FieldTurf Revolution 360 laid down in August 2017. It also is used at Georgia State University’s football stadium. A FieldTurf spokesperson tells Pro Soccer USA the new model has an updated fiber design that is meant “to deliver a more realistic, textured, grass-like shape with optimal durability and resiliency.” Core uses the same rubber-and-sand infill system that is present in Revolution 360.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials announced in February plans to replace the venue’s original turf, though they did not set a specific timeline.
In addition to Atlanta United matches, Mercedes-Benz Stadium hosts professional and college football games, concerts, and other events, such as motocross races and monster truck rallies, throughout the year. With such heavy use, the old turf had flattened out and hardened. The stadium’s new surface is much softer and feels similar to the Revolution 360 turf when it was first laid.
Atlanta will play its first game on the new surface Saturday, April 20, when it hosts FC Dallas at 4:30 p.m. ET. This weekend, the Five Stripes travel to face the New England Revolution. That game is scheduled to kick off Saturday at 7:30 p.m.