Ohio concert venue nixes grass for artificial turf

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CINCINNATI -- A famed Ohio outdoor concert venue has gotten a little greener thanks to a new artificial turf system that its owners hope will save money and prevent rain-soaked messes that marred concerts of the past.

Riverbend amphitheater on the Ohio river in Cincinnati is now the world's first facility of its size to cover its lawn, all 2.75 acres, with the artificial grass.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Friday that the elaborate $750,000 system of turf, rock and drains has been planned for five years.

Organizers say it will reduce the facility's carbon footprint by eliminating the need for pesticides, fertilizers and gas-powered mowers and save the annual cost of water and sod.

Riverbend also plans to market the system to outdoor concert venues around the world.

The Associated Press

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