Grass Installation at Lumen Field for World Cup Scheduled for Early 2026

The 2026 World Cup is set to take place in Seattle at Lumen Field, as announced by CEO Peter Tomozawa. In preparation for the event, the stadium will undergo a major transformation, with a grass surface replacing the current artificial turf. The grass that will be used for six games at the stadium is currently being grown and will be laid down in early spring of 2026.

The decision to switch from an artificial surface to grass comes after criticism from players during the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which was held on an artificial field at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. This marked the first time that the Men’s World Cup had not used artificial surfaces for games since its inception in 1930.

Lumen Field has been used as the home stadium for several teams since its opening in 2002, including the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, Seattle Sounders of the MLS, and Seattle Reign of the NWSL. However, this upcoming change will bring four group games to the stadium, including a United States match, one round of 32, and one round of 16 game.

Tomozawa stated that advanced planning back when the stadium was constructed should help in laying down the grass in 2026. The stadium already has plumbing and infrastructure built-in because it was constructed for the World Cup. Several other stadiums across North America will also have to come up with grass solutions for the event, including AT&T Stadium and Mercedes Benz Stadium in Texas, MetLife Stadium and Gillette Stadium in New Jersey, NRG Stadium and SoFi Stadium in California.

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