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"After the 2016 upgrade, the field received a two-star official rating from FIFA; this means technically Seattle’s field in its current state can be used for a FIFA World Cup Final match. But turf still isn’t grass, and a FIFA World Cup Men’s Final has never included a stadium with a non-grass surface before."
For anyone who was paying attention to the 2017 MLS season, we got our asses handed to us by Atlanta with the turnout and energy at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Having gotten that off my chest, in practical terms Atlanta has the same issue Seattle does--artificial turf. Who knows, maybe by the time 2026 rolls around they'll have made the same progress with artificial turf emulating natural grass that veggie burgers have made lately emulating beef.
Yeah, don't know how I feel about it all really. If a big time European or South American star were to suffer an injury resulting from field conditions, it could be devastating to our (already laughable) reputation on the international stage. OTOH, it'd be neat as fuck to attend a match. Can only imagine what the Sao Paulo experience must've been like, you should've done a write up on that too.