The former home to the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins, the Metrodome, is no longer as it’s been demolished and construction crews are already hard at work on the Vikings new venue which is being built in the exact same location.
But before the Metrodome was blown apart, many pieces of the historic venue were saved. From individual seats to dome fabric to stadium insulation, everybody wanted a piece.
One other piece of the venue that was saved was the synthetic turf, but what in the world were the Vikings going to do with an NFL quality turf that they no longer needed?
That’s where Mayo High School comes in to play as the booster club was able to secure the turf which at full-price can cost almost $1 million dollars.
Three weeks ago, Mayo alumni and the Mayo Touchdown Club, a booster club for the football program at Mayo, acquired the synthetic turf being removed from the stadium.
All three Rochester schools have dreamed of installing synthetic turf in their stadiums; however, purchased new, a field could cost upwards of eight-hundred thousand dollars. It was a surprise when the Touchdown Club was able to utilize connections at the Metrodome to secure the turf for Mayo.
Synthetic turf or not, it has to be pretty cool for those high school football players to know they’re playing on the same field that Adrian Peterson and so many other NFL legends played on.