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Friday, March 19, 2010
Black and Blue all over: Turf replacement

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

As we plow through college basketball's March Madness, the NFL typically pauses as it awaits its annual owners' meetings. That gathering is set to begin Sunday in Orlando, Fla., so as of this moment we don't have a ton of news going on around the NFC North.

However, one interesting development came out of Minnesota on Thursday: The public commission that operates the Metrodome has agreed to replace the FieldTurf two years earlier than scheduled because of excessive wear caused by sharing it with baseball's Minnesota Twins. Here's a full report from Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune.

The Twins have moved into their new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis, leaving the Vikings as the only tenant at the Metrodome. Officials will spend $1.3 million to install new turf and convert the Twins' former offices into a Vikings hospitality room. The project should be completed before the 2010 preseason.

This project makes sense. There were obvious patches and divots caused by turf carve-outs for baseball's bases and pitcher's mound.

Continuing around the NFC North: