Vikings could need new turf to go with new roof

Once they get done installing the new roof on the Metrodome later this summer, a new floor could be needed.

Originally, the expectation (or hope) was that the artificial surface in the home of the Minnesota Vikings would be fine. It was just last summer that the Sportexe surface was installed. Now, after the snow and ice plunged onto the field and after months of heavy equipment on it for repairs, well, the turf could be shot.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission could be forced to take bids on what could be a separate $800,000 project in order to have the stadium ready for preseason games by the middle of August.

The roof project has cost $22.7 million and it has been covered by insurance. The stadium commission is studying to see if the insurance would pay for a new floor, something you would think would have been done months and months ago.

"We believe the turf will be fine," commission chair Ted Mondale told the 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."

Now there is some fine political double talk. No wonder the bid for a new stadium this year appears to be on the final stages of life support.

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