Artificial turf is rolled out at Northcutt Stadium in Marietta July 9, replacing the field’s natural grass for the first time in its 79-year history. The $750,000 turf is expected to better withstand use by the many Marietta middle and high school sports teams, physical education classes, bands and clubs that use it year-round. The stadium, located at Marietta Middle School at 121 Winn Street, underwent an $11 million renovation beginning in 2014 to add seating, widen the field, construct new concession stands and improve lighting. At that time, the school board chose to continue using grass on the field, but regular flooding and associated problems prompted the switch to turf, funded through a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax for education. The turf installation project began at the start of the summer and is due to be completed by the end of the month.

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