New Turf To Be Installed At Mall Of America Field

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 21, 2011 – 7:53 am

One of the notes included in last week’s blog entry about the inflation of a new roof at Mall of America Field was that the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC) was in the process of determining whether or not new turf would have to be installed.

MSFC Chairman Ted Mondale told reporters that the process of collecting bids to replace the turf had commenced and that if new turf was necessary, the job would be done in time for the Vikings to host their first preseason game, scheduled for August 27 vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune reported on Wednesday what many expected; that new turf will indeed be installed before the Vikings play their first game. MSFC Executive Director Bill Lester told Olson that the turf spent too much time under water to remain viable.

“Because of the collapse and the aftermath of the collapse, there was an excessive amount of water on the field for an extended amount of time,” Lester said.

Mondale told Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio that the turf was “pretty nasty” and that it was contaminated by mold and bacteria.

This will hardly be the first time new turf will be installed in the stadium. When the stadium opened in 1982, a product called Superturf was installed. In the years following, products such as AstroTurf and FieldTurf were installed and then prior to the 2010 season a company called Sportexe installed another new surface.

MSFC officials did not disclose to Olson which company would be installing the new surface this time, but Olson did report the following:

– Lester indicated the recommended bid for the MSFC was $476,000
– the bid requires that completion of the project occur by August 18
– an open house will be planned for August 20 so that the public can see the new facility

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