Moldy Metrodome turf needs replacing

11:21 PM, Jul 20, 2011   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The brand new Metrodome roof is ready for the Vikings preseason opener in August.

The stadium turf? Not so much.

Metrodome operators say the facility's artificial turf is full of bacteria and mold due to the water that leaked into the stadium after its roof collapsed in December. Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Ted Mondale says insurance will cover the cost of replacing the turf, estimated at more than $500,000.

A recommendation on the turf replacement could be made to the commission Thursday. Mondale tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that replacing the turf won't delay the progress on the new roof. The finishing touches are being put on the rebuilding project that began in March.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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