Vikes Mulling Turf Offers

The Vikings front office people aren't taking a bye week. They're currently mulling over the proposed new footing in the Metrodome with Twins officials and five bidders.

Many football players agree that the Metrodome turf is among the worst in the NFL. While not as awful as the old Veteran's Stadium asphalt jungle, it has caused several injuries. Just ask Dave McGinnis of the Cardinals -- he's lost five players in two games to the Metrodome carpet.

But that is scheduled to change. The Vikings, Twins and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission are mulling over five different options for the indoor turf they plan to install after the season. Turf that resembles grass and is more forgiving when cleats dig into it has become the rage around the NFL, and the Vikings will be the next to install it -- at a price of tag of between $600,000 and $900,000. Here are the five bidders and where you can see their work in action.

* Prestige Turf -- used by Notre Dame and the University of Iowa.
* Momentum Turf -- used by the Baltimore Ravens.
* Astro Play -- used by the Atlanta Falcons and the University of Minnesota on its practice field.
* A-Turf -- a new product in use at Southern Methodist University.
* Field Turf -- currently in use by a half-dozen NFL teams.

Unlike many bidding processes, VU has been told those in charge won't necessarily go for the lowest bid. Instead, the merits of each turf will be compared and, while price will be a consideration, it is far from the only consideration.

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