The artificial turf at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings is ready to be installed.
Installation is expected to start Tuesday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports the turf is expected to be much more advanced and durable than the AstroTurf installed when the Vikings’ former home the Metrodome opened in 1982.
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley says U.S. Bank Stadium’s turf is “one of the last visible milestones” of construction. The turf will be covered for non-athletic events such as concerts.
Michele Kelm-Helgen, who chairs the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, tells Minnesota Public Radio News that real grass turf will be brought in for a Aug. 3 International Cup soccer match, which will be the stadium’s first athletic event.