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Metrodome's artificial turf will go to Rochester Mayo High School

A high school booster club in Rochester has raised money to buy the Metrodome's used artificial turf and install it on the Rochester Mayo High School sports field.

The Rochester School Board accepted the "six-figure" donation from the Touchdown Club for purchase and installation of the turf, the Rochester Post-Bulletin said.

The Metrodome is being demolished and the Vikings are building a new stadium on the site. Some of the seats from the dome have also been sold for reuse.

Officials say the turf will last another 15 or 20 years and will save the school district $20,000 each year in the cost of maintaining a grass field. The school's football, soccer and lacrosse teams use the field.

The turf was removed from the dome before demolition began; it's being stored in a warehouse and will be shipped in eight semis to the school for installation this summer.

Before approving the donation, there was some concern among school board members about "equity," because the district has two other high schools that won't have such nice turf for their fields.

But, the story said: "Superintendent Michael Munoz says it remains a priority to also procure turf for John Marshall and Century."

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astroturff

Why would you put in artificial turf if you have the capacity to actually grow grass? I taught in a school that had astroturf (Tokyo, Japan) and would have loved to have had grass instead. Astroturf causes abrasions and it isn't nearly as forgiving as grass. Sorry to hear that you have spent all that money on a second rate surface.