When AMB Sports + Entertainment announced early this week that FieldTurf will be the official playing surface at the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the news was met with amusing skepticism and abundant applause on social media.
The news was criticized by soccerwire.com’s Charles Boehm but was quickly deflated by Merritt Paulson, Owner and CEO of the MLS’s Portland Timbers, who fired back in a blazing tweet of his own:
Ah, we love it when Twitter’s right.
By the way, in addition to the United and the Timbers, the Seattle Sounders and the New England Revolution also compete on FieldTurf — with more likely on the way.
FieldTurf will be installed in the new home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s new Atlanta United. It also will be in the Falcons’ indoor practice field at the team’s training complex in Flowery Branch, Ga., and the United’s new practice facility, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground. MBS is expected to open later this year, with the United’s game against Orlando City on July the first scheduled sporting event.