Vikings Turf Management Department Begins Renovation

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 15, 2010 – 2:41 pm

Although Vikings coaches and players have wrapped up their on-field activities until training camp begins later this summer, there is still work to be done on the practice fields at Winter Park. Vikings Turf Manager Grant Davisson is heading up a project on the outdoor practice fields and he’ll be using the Blog to keep us updated on the progress.

Here is Grant’s first blog entry (including photos) regarding the turf project:

Starting on Monday, the outdoor practice fields at Winter Park are being renovated – 110,000 square feet of practice fields and workout areas are being reworked and re-sodded. This is a very exciting time for the team, the coaches and the Vikings Turf Management Department.

In total, 495 tons of sod and soil will be recycled at an offsite facility and fresh sod and soil will be brought in from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado. A state-of-the-art Toro irrigation system will be installed, helping to control over-watering issues and general performance of the turf.

Also, new Turfguard sensors will be installed in the fields to monitor water amounts, temperature and salinity (even though salinity isn’t that big of a deal in Minnesota, it comes with the system).

Check back here often, as we’ll be back with updates and in-depth reports.

The early stages of the turf project at Winter Park.

Bulldozers and earthmovers are being used in the project.

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13 Responses to “Vikings Turf Management Department Begins Renovation”

  1. By miko on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    uuuummmmm. dont care. lol

  2. By Mike on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    That’s a lot of money being spent on a field that may be of no use come 2011. Please don’t leave.

  3. By kyweaver on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    they wont, dont be so parinoid mike, lol.

  4. By PurplePeopleEater on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    They better not leave after chalking up an expense like that! It sounds more likely that they have confidence that a plan for a stadium is just around the corner.

  5. By purplehorn on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    PurplePeopleEater must not have heard….that is the location for the new stadium. We will build stands around this new turf and call it the Met Deux. I can’t imagine the Vikings not in my hometown of Eden Prairie. We here in California would love to have them- but they belong in Minnesota.

  6. By brad on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    I agree purplehorn. I am living in California but grew up living in Minnesota and loving the Vikings. They need to stay there in Minnesota because that is where they belong.

  7. By PurplePeopleEater on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Right on! And while we’re at it, you guys wanna trade the Lakers for the Timberwolves? Go ahead and keep your players, but the name switch would be greatly appreciated! (Plus it’ll be nice having a team complement the Vikings’ color scheme once again!)

  8. By Chaz on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    They will stay, everyone needs to stay positive. It might get ugly, but they will stay.

  9. By Mark in CA on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, I say spend money where it counts – go get Albert Haynesworth.

  10. By Toby in CA on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Its okay if they leave, its nice here in California, I would be a season ticket holder! come on over vikings!!!

  11. By Ray in Ca. on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    If the Vikings moved to L.A. I would puke. I question their draft but a Super Bowl victory would definately keep em put and solidify a new stadium.

  12. By Bryan on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, to me to spend that kinda money with a year left on the lease sounds like they have confidence or a guarantee, I hope.

  13. By Roger on Jun 21, 2010 | Reply

    I hope this is a sign that the Vikings will stay in Minnesota where they belong. Minnesota’s economy has been poor for some time. Recent floods and tornadoes have made things worse. Why is it the Whiney New Orleans Saints , who never pass up a microphone to seek self-pity, get the NFL to bail their butts out when they were headed to Oklahoma City….Yet the NFL can’t help fund a program to help the Vikings get a new stadium? I think the NFL itself has an obligation to the loyal fans of the Vikings to help fund, support a project to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. Everything shouldn’t be thrust on the Minnesota taxpayer.

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