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Vikings may have to replace Metrodome turf

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While we continue to wonder where the Vikings stadium project will go foward, it’s worth noting that the team still has a few things to worry about at the old stadium before the Metrodome is ready for play in 2011.

Dome officials said Friday that the turf at the stadium may have to replaced after being exposed to the elements and flattened with heavy equipment over the last few months.  That authorized a bidding process to make the new turf, which will cost up to $800,000.

“We believe the turf will be fine,” commission chair Ted Mondale told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  “However, with the amount of rain that’s come in and with the boards on top of it, there may be parts of the turf or all of it that needs to be replaced.”

Thankfully, finding quality turf is easier than getting a quality veteran cornerback and secondary help.  Work continues on the Metrdome as a whole, with a goal to finish and raise the Metrodome roof again by August 1.

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23 Responses to “Vikings may have to replace Metrodome turf”
  1. jeffovikes says: Jun 19, 2011 9:25 AM

    Drop the words “may” and “turf” from your headline, and that’s what we call reality.

  2. jw731 says: Jun 19, 2011 9:27 AM

    Why would anyone risk their lives going to this engineering disaster to see a medicore team is beyond me…….

  3. tumsman2 says: Jun 19, 2011 9:38 AM

    Title/Article wasn’t clear. Who is paying for the new turf if needed?

  4. dawkinseffect says: Jun 19, 2011 9:41 AM

    maybe they should call that company that you wrote about back in May.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/08/new-player-in-artificial-turf-business-could-spark-price-war/

  5. dgtalmn says: Jun 19, 2011 10:32 AM

    Funny thing is all along all we have ever heard is they need to make a deal now. Wrong! Now we read that it maybe another year or two, or maybe three the Vikes will be playing in the same dump. Their legislation does not care enough to get something passed, the RICH owner does not seem to pressed to do something drastic, like built it himself. It is sad that all of these teams want newer and bigger stadiums, but the poor tax payers, some not even football fans get stuck paying for it.

  6. sabeybaby says: Jun 19, 2011 10:59 AM

    Why would they replace the turf in The Dump? The team will be in LA. Maybe they are expecting a CFL team to play there. The Minnyhaha Rough Riders has a nice ring to it.

  7. 1historian says: Jun 19, 2011 12:11 PM

    I remember when the Vikes started out back in the olden days they played outside all the time on regular stuff.
    Good days.

  8. schmitty2 says: Jun 19, 2011 12:19 PM

    Sure..go ahead and replace the turf. Then next winter a another massive snowstorm will cave the roof in again and they are back to square one

  9. woodyg says: Jun 19, 2011 12:34 PM

    At some point in time (after the lock-out) the NFL will have to step in & try to ‘fix’ the Viking franchise …… It is very quickly becoming a complete embarassment, on & off the field (turf) …. I would have some sympathy for the Minnesota fanbase but these are the same people who voted a ‘wrassler’ to their govenorship awhile back & more recently sent a late night comedian to the Senate ….. They pretty much deserve the ‘Viking Fiasco’ ……

  10. Justin says: Jun 19, 2011 1:11 PM

    @woodyg
    What is our embarrassment off the field? I assume you mean the love boat incident? If you are gonna insult the Vikings you should throw stones at all the teams that signed the players involved after the Vikings cut them. Mewelde Moore, Nate Burleson, Culpepper, Smoot among others. It isn’t like it was a team sponsored event.

    And if you are referring to Favre then you should throw in GB and NYJ as well because you know that stuff happened before he was a Viking.

  11. cosanostra71 says: Jun 19, 2011 1:40 PM

    I have nothing against the Vikings and Vikings fans, but as I’ve followed this whole process from LA, I can’t help but be amazed at how incredibly inept the Vikings management and Minnesota legislature is.

  12. 12is3times4 says: Jun 19, 2011 2:55 PM

    Ted Mondale:: “We believe the turf will be fine, [h]owever, [blah blah blah] there may be parts of the turf or all of it that needs to be replaced.”

    Even for a politician, this is pretty blatant doublespeak. Not only is he contradicting himself, he’s doing it in the same breath as the statement he’s contradicting!

  13. gdeli says: Jun 19, 2011 3:47 PM

    Mondale says…“We believe the turf will be fine,” Then he contradicts himself saying… “However, with the amount of rain that’s come in and with the boards on top of it, there may be parts of the turf or all of it that needs to be replaced.” wth? just do it already and do not take 3 months to decide. College/HS Baseball needs the turf too.

  14. tommytd says: Jun 19, 2011 5:10 PM

    We’re talking about Minnesota here. Maybe they’re waiting around to see how well the artificial turf grows in natural sunlight! LOL

  15. stellarperformance says: Jun 19, 2011 5:44 PM

    If the Vikings and their fans are able to come through all the never-ending roadblocks and poor timing and rotten luck, and are able to get a stadium deal put together despite all that, and can keep the team where it belongs, I will be proud that they remain an integral part of the best division in the NFL.

  16. cusoman says: Jun 19, 2011 8:48 PM

    cosanostra71 says:
    Jun 19, 2011 1:40 PM
    I have nothing against the Vikings and Vikings fans, but as I’ve followed this whole process from LA, I can’t help but be amazed at how incredibly inept the Vikings management and Minnesota legislature is.

    ———————

    You’ve obviously not followed the process close enough if you place as much blame on the Vikes brass as you do the MN Legislature, as this not getting done yet falls squarely in the camp of the MN gov’t. The original Blaine deal back in the mid 00′s fell through because the Minneapolis gov’t heads lured them back there to keep the place downtown, only to renege when the Vikes said “OK”. This time around you have greedy Regressives (read: Republicans) who have the audacity to want to keep getting paid if a gov’t shutdown happens because they didn’t reach a deal on the state budget (because they want to give their rich friends more breaks) – even though the rest of the public emps all have to lose out completely on paychecks. That right there is what’s holding up the stadium bill even getting a hearing.

    The Vikings themselves have heard out the legislature’s problems with any stadium bill and met them at pretty much every request. This business about the road infrastructure dollars is complete bull as they would have worked on that area with or without a stadium going in, it’s on the docket.

  17. supersuckers3 says: Jun 19, 2011 9:47 PM

    cosanostra71 says:
    Jun 19, 2011 1:40 PM
    I have nothing against the Vikings and Vikings fans, but as I’ve followed this whole process from LA, I can’t help but be amazed at how incredibly inept the Vikings management and Minnesota legislature is.
    ————————

    It truly is amazing isnt it?

  18. supersuckers3 says: Jun 19, 2011 9:50 PM

    woodyg says:
    Jun 19, 2011 12:34 PM
    At some point in time (after the lock-out) the NFL will have to step in & try to ‘fix’ the Viking franchise …… It is very quickly becoming a complete embarassment, on & off the field (turf) …. I would have some sympathy for the Minnesota fanbase but these are the same people who voted a ‘wrassler’ to their govenorship awhile back & more recently sent a late night comedian to the Senate ….. They pretty much deserve the ‘Viking Fiasco’ ……
    —————————

    Well said. With that, the Anderson field goal and the Favre pick still make me feel for these clowns.

  19. rajbais says: Jun 19, 2011 10:05 PM

    What about the roof?

  20. vikefan says: Jun 19, 2011 11:37 PM

    This is a joke of a story. the roof is being paid for by insurance so if the turf is being destroyed by fixing the roof, obviously that would be added in to any smart insurance claim by the MFSC, which means the Vikings are not footing a single penny. Just another BS laden inuendo story by PFT. And why would the vikings pay a dime for new turf anyway when they are getting ready to build a new stadium? Vikings should not put a single penny of any money into that god forsaken crap shell of a building, they dont own it, maintenance is not their problem.

  21. thephantomstranger says: Jun 20, 2011 11:29 AM

    cusoman says:
    Jun 19, 2011 8:48 PM
    You’ve obviously not followed the process close enough if you place as much blame on the Vikes brass as you do the MN Legislature, as this not getting done yet falls squarely in the camp of the MN gov’t. The original Blaine deal back in the mid 00′s fell through because the Minneapolis gov’t heads lured them back there to keep the place downtown, only to renege when the Vikes said “OK”. This time around you have greedy Regressives (read: Republicans) who have the audacity to want to keep getting paid if a gov’t shutdown happens because they didn’t reach a deal on the state budget (because they want to give their rich friends more breaks) – even though the rest of the public emps all have to lose out completely on paychecks. That right there is what’s holding up the stadium bill even getting a hearing.
    ________________

    I have to comment on this. The Republican-controlled state legislature passed a BALANCED BUDGET that actually INCREASED SPENDING, but YOUR GOVERNOR vetoed it because it didn’t increase spending ENOUGH and it didn’t include TAX INCREASES. We already have a $5 billion deficit and a terrible economy. How are increasing spending and raising taxes going to fix those problems? YOUR GOVERNOR is a LEFT-WING IDEOLOGUE just like YOU ARE. He is the one who is causing the shutdown and the delay on the stadium bill. And do you know why? Because the Democrats want a highly publicized shutdown so presidential candidate T-PAW looks bad.

  22. vikefan says: Jun 20, 2011 1:10 PM

    You’ve obviously not followed the process close enough if you place as much blame on the Vikes brass as you do the MN Legislature, as this not getting done yet falls squarely in the camp of the MN gov’t. The original Blaine deal back in the mid 00′s fell through because the Minneapolis gov’t heads lured them back there to keep the place downtown, only to renege when the Vikes said “OK”. This time around you have greedy Regressives (read: Republicans) who have the audacity to want to keep getting paid if a gov’t shutdown happens because they didn’t reach a deal on the state budget (because they want to give their rich friends more breaks) – even though the rest of the public emps all have to lose out completely on paychecks. That right there is what’s holding up the stadium bill even getting a hearing.
    ________________

    I have to comment on this. The Republican-controlled state legislature passed a BALANCED BUDGET that actually INCREASED SPENDING, but YOUR GOVERNOR vetoed it because it didn’t increase spending ENOUGH and it didn’t include TAX INCREASES. We already have a $5 billion deficit and a terrible economy. How are increasing spending and raising taxes going to fix those problems? YOUR GOVERNOR is a LEFT-WING IDEOLOGUE just like YOU ARE. He is the one who is causing the shutdown and the delay on the stadium bill. And do you know why? Because the Democrats want a highly publicized shutdown so presidential candidate T-PAW looks bad.

    *****************************************
    ….and just exactly what is wrong with the richest 2% of population being taxed more than the rest of us? They can afford it, they should contrubute more, i bet they get more tax breaks than all of us combined with their expensive lawyers anyway.

    Nobody needs to make Pawlenty look bad, he did a good enuff job of that as governor of this state all by himself, heck he’s so bad, even Bachman is beating him in the polls already!! He cant string a coherent logical smart sentence together to save his life.

  23. cusoman says: Jun 20, 2011 4:22 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jun 20, 2011 11:29 AM
    ________________

    I have to comment on this. The Republican-controlled state legislature passed a BALANCED BUDGET that actually INCREASED SPENDING, but YOUR GOVERNOR vetoed it because it didn’t increase spending ENOUGH and it didn’t include TAX INCREASES. We already have a $5 billion deficit and a terrible economy. How are increasing spending and raising taxes going to fix those problems? YOUR GOVERNOR is a LEFT-WING IDEOLOGUE just like YOU ARE. He is the one who is causing the shutdown and the delay on the stadium bill. And do you know why? Because the Democrats want a highly publicized shutdown so presidential candidate T-PAW looks bad.

    ——————–

    Everyone knows that over a month ago, the Governor offered to compromise and to meet the GOP half-way between their two budgets. Everyone knows that it’s the Republicans who have refused to budge from their position. Everyone knows that it was the Governor who proposed a mediator to facilitate serious compromise, and that the Republican leaders refused. Their unwillingness to compromise is a source of increasing frustration for every Minnesotan who will hurt under their all-cuts budget.

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