Vikings are not inclined to use FieldTurf

The Minnesota Vikings find themselves in the midst of some legal action and it doesn’t involve StarCaps. How about that?

This time, FieldTurf USA Inc., the manufacturer of popular artificial stadium surface FieldTurf, is challenging the right of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to install a different artificial surface at the Metrodome despite the fact that FieldTurf presented the lowest bid for the job, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

But Hennepin County District Court Judge Robert Blaeser ruled in a 12-page order that the commission has acted “reasonable” in awarding a contract to Sportexe. Blaeser denied a request for a temporary restraining order by FieldTurf. Per the report, FieldTurf will now seek a preliminary injunction and then a trial, if necessary, before the new turf is to be installed late next month.

FieldTurf was installed at the Metrodome in 2004 and the report states that Vikings players quickly expressed safety concerns. Ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman would surely agree. He blew out his ACL on the surface early in that season.

FieldTurf came in with a low bid of $458,561 and Sportexe was at $495,000. Blaeser said that the bid advertisement included the following caveat: “The commission reserves the right to accept the best product that in its sole opinion meets the needs of its tenants.”

The tenants are the Vikings and they don’t seem to desire FieldTurf.

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