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Sounders renew calls for new playing surface at CenturyLink Field

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The playing surface at CenturyLink Field may have regained its two-star rating from FIFA, but that hasn't changed the Seattle Sounders' desire to see it replaced.

"From our standpoint we still feel as though the turf for soccer is ready to be changed," Sounders GM and part owner Adrian Hanauer told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "The FIFA rating is one more piece of data, one more piece of information that gets thrown into the conversation. But we will continue to communicate with the Seahawks, First & Goal, and we're hopeful that we can still come to a conclusion that's good for soccer. But it's still a work in progress."

The state of the turf has been a bit of a contentious issue all season. This is the third year that FieldTurf has been in use. It was last replaced following the 2011 season, which the Sounders had suggested was a year later than they had preferred.

Almost from the very start of this season, there were rumblings about the state of the turf. Those complaints came to a head in August when a Amazon corporate event left the pitch in an "embarrassing" state.

While Hanauer has stated he believes it was a one-time issue, the overall concerns persist and the team has apparently not yet received assurance that the turf will definitely be replaced.

It should also be noted that with one playoff game and their friendly against Tottenham, the Sounders will draw about 850,000 fans to CenturyLink Field this year. The Seahawks drew about 860,000 in their 12 home dates (which includes two preseason games and two playoff games) last year.

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