Report Says Metrodome Will Need New Playing Surface

Way back in December I asked Steve Maki of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission if the Metrodome was going to need new turf after the roof, and a whole ton of water, fell onto the field.

That question, and many others, was one that Mr. Maki refused to answer.

Maki did, however, promise to keep Vikings Gab up to date on the issues I brought up via my questions to him.  Then, of course, I never heard from him again.

Six months later, someone in a more established media outlet finally got up the nerve to ask that very same question, and they were able to get an incredibly political answer.

“We believe the turf will be fine,” said commission chair Ted Mondale in June. “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.”

Last month, Maki stated that the turf was in “good shape,” but this is the same guy that declared there was “no structural issue” at the Metrodome… just hours before it collapsed.

So, really, it shouldn’t come as any huge surprise that the Metrodome’s turf does indeed need to be replaced.

“We knew this was a possibility,” Mondale said on Tuesday.

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