Vikings not fans of FieldTurf

A few Giants players weren’t happy with the team’s new FieldTurf installation, believing it caused the season-ending injury to Domenik Hixon.

One of New York’s NFC rivals agrees with the sentiment.

As pointed out by ESPN’s Tim Graham, the Vikings have argued in a lawsuit that the surface is unsafe.

“Medically, FieldTurf has proven to increase risk and severity of injury in NFL players,”
the Vikings stated, according to recent court documents. 

FieldTurf is suing the Vikings for choosing a competitor despite a cheaper bid to resurface the Metrodome.  Meanwhile, Giants G.M. Jerry Reese is defending the FieldTurf, as is the company’s spokesman.

“With all due and sincere respect to Antrel Rolle, who is a wonderful
player, he is simply not medically trained or qualified to make such a
statement,” FieldTurf spokesman Chip Namias said. “The people who run
NFL teams are ultra conscientious, and there’s a very good reason why 21
of the 32 member clubs use FieldTurf.”

It will be interesting to see if the number of teams using FieldTurf drops in the upcoming years.

42 responses to “Vikings not fans of FieldTurf

  1. FieldTurf has filed a nuisance suit to save face. “How dare those Vikings pay more for a superior product.”

  2. I just hope the law suit doesn’t end up in front of the same judge (Larson) that ruled on the Williams sisters. After the Vikings improved his season tickets to the 50 yard line (sort of like getting pool side chairs on the Titanic), this judge is a bigger homer than Florio himself.
    In the final analysis, what difference does it make which brand of turf ends up in the Humpty dome. Its like putting Charmin in your wooden outhouse, a small upgrade in building that constantly reeks of s$it.

  3. What is FieldTurf’s cause of action against the Vikes? Was this some sort of publicly funded project where competing bidders are granted standing to sue for waste?

  4. Or how about the company drives rollers over the turf for a couple of weeks to prepare it for the players to use? Hire a bunch of elephants to trample it down for God’s sake!

  5. The best stadiums in the NFL have natural grass.
    Terrible arena teams like the vikings keep changing their fake artificial environments (This is at least the third different surface in the metrodome arena).
    No surface works as well as the natural grass that God designed.
    Why injure players with the fake chemical surfaces.

  6. The Dome may stink, but Aaron Rodgers would still have been sacked a zillion times last year on the Dome turf, whether it was made of cheese or the lint from his country singer girlfriend’s dryer.
    The lawsuit is against the Metropolitan Sports Commission, not the Vikes. And the appointed Hennepin County Judge (named Blaeser) actually ruled against the Metropolitan Sports Commission, meaning the new turf may not be installed in time to soften Aaron Rodgers repeated sacks in 2010. But hey, maybe John Jolly will have some extra codine for him.

  7. Here’s hoping none of the PFT regulars were involved in those tornados in MN. It’s alright to have alittle fun in these threads but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
    Hope to see a lot of them checking in soon.

  8. Great, another Queens story about nothing. This story takes homerism to a whole new level, unreal…

  9. Vikings not fans of FieldTurf. Big deal, they aren’t fans of winning superbowls either.

  10. Whatever kind of turf the Vikes are using they should keep using it, 13-3 and a 2 win improvement every year since Chili took over, not bad. I’m surprised Thompson hasn’t installed used miniature golf turf on Lamblow, the old cheapskate has managed 1 playoff wins in his 6 years running the packers but he doesn’t care as long as he doesn’t have to spend any money to actually improve the team.

  11. footballrulz says:
    June 18, 2010 5:18 PM
    Here’s hoping none of the PFT regulars were involved in those tornados in MN. It’s alright to have alittle fun in these threads but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
    Hope to see a lot of them checking in soon………..Not to worry, most of those a$$hats live in their mommys basement. The only time they come upstairs is to service their mothers and farm animals. They’ll be just fine.

  12. Hope to see a lot of them checking in soon………..Not to worry, most of those a$$hats live in their mommys basement. The only time they come upstairs is to service their mothers and farm animals. They’ll be just fine.
    ————————————————
    Super…………..

  13. PULL&SEAL says:
    June 18, 2010 5:45 PM
    footballrulz says:
    June 18, 2010 5:18 PM
    Here’s hoping none of the PFT regulars were involved in those tornados in MN. It’s alright to have alittle fun in these threads but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
    Hope to see a lot of them checking in soon………..Not to worry, most of those a$$hats live in their mommys basement. The only time they come upstairs is to service their mothers and farm animals. They’ll be just fine.
    ———–
    Oh see you thought that was funny? You thought it was ok to take someone’s well wishes and turn it into your comedy minute. Very classy of you but then again im not surprised considering who you cheer for. Next time you see something like this you should not bother trying to be witty.

  14. Bob Nelson and Jimmy Smith are really Viking Fans, they can’t stop reading about the Vikes no matter how small the article is. Good job guys, now you are on the right track! Good job! Now you will have just that many more wins to cheer about!

  15. PULL&SEAL just to let you know, BobNelson and JimmySmith are not from Minnesota, so the whole basement, mommy, animal thing is wrong.
    Making fun of a natural disaster that kills people, shows the true class of the stupid Packer fans(not all Packer fans, just the stupid ones).
    Thanks for your concern footballrulz.

  16. I remember the preseason they installed FieldTurf and Kenny Irvin popped his achilles tendon the warmups and was lost for the year. The older turf was like concrete according to players, the number of injuries the old turf caused was enormous.
    Hopefully this new stuff works best, I just hope its not that tacky looking turf in St. Louis.
    Also, if the Vikings want a new stadium built on the sight of the Metrodome why would they spend the money on it if they are going to tear down the Dome in two yrs anyway? They won’t sign an extension and want to build a new stadium there… or is a lease extension coming??
    If a bill gets passed that is, they build there.
    Or, why install new turf if SO MANY jackass’ on this sight think the Vikings will be in LA in two yrs anyway??

  17. Jimmy & Bob, thanks for letting each other come up for air to respond! Now get back to what you do best you lovebirds!!

  18. Wait, a company can sue because their product wasn’t picked, despite a low bid? So if you want quality product you can get sued and then forced to use the crappy product?
    What stupid law is letting this happen?

  19. JimmySmith says:
    June 18, 2010 4:48 PM
    In the final analysis, what difference does it make which brand of turf ends up in the Humpty dome. Its like putting Charmin in your wooden outhouse, a small upgrade in building that constantly reeks of s$it.
    ————————————————–
    Wash your upper lip once in a while and you’ll stop smelling shit everywhere you go.

  20. Sounds like the comments coming from jimmysmith on ever viking topic he is a hater.
    Do you ever post something worth while on here? Or bash other peoples teams with bogus crap and bitch about Florio… You must be about 17 years old i guess we can give you a break.
    Anyways SKOL VIKINGS!

  21. rulz- Thanks man! You are the rare class Packer act. Just so you know…we are all fine. Most of them were with me in my basement servicing PULL&SEAL’S MOTHER ! Tornadoes were the least of our worries!! We all have crabs today that would make Captain Sig jealous! We are calling the tape we made Deadliest Snatch….

  22. PULL&SEAL you have to admit, if you can be honest and objective about it, pervy’s post was really funny (cause it was true).

  23. Uh oh, let me the guess the refs recommended the field turf right? They’re always out to get the Vikes! As Schwarzenegger once said “Stop Whining!”

  24. purpleguy – Good info in your post. However, I don’t think Rodgers is too worried about getting sacked in the dome. After all, Jared Allen cut his mullet, and like Samson, his strength was in his hair. Never mind Favre, if I was a Vikes fan, I’d be a bit concerned about the pass rush from a clean cut 69. Go Pack!

  25. FYI for those wondering how/why Field Turf could sue. The Metrodome is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Sports Facilties Commission. MSFC was established by the State of Minnesota. It’s not about the Minnesota Vikings, who are a private enterprise that can spend however they want. Typically public sector projects are awarded to the lowest bidder as long as they meet all the minimum bid requirements.

  26. It is the ultimate compliment to the Vikings when fans of other teams can’t help but obsess over every thread.
    Vikes payed more for a better product. How can they be sued for this? Did they have some type of obligation to Field Turf?

  27. rulz- Thanks man! You are the rare class Packer act. Just so you know…we are all fine. Most of them were with me in my basement servicing PULL&SEAL’S MOTHER ! Tornadoes were the least of our worries!! We all have crabs today that would make Captain Sig jealous! We are calling the tape we made Deadliest Snatch….
    Dammit Perv….that’s good stuff.
    Signed,
    The Other Almost Classy Packer Fan

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