Minneapolis, MN - The Minnesota Vikings celebrated the opening of their new home field last July — the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium, which is also being lauded as the NFL’s first fixed-roof stadium to be built in nearly 15 years.
Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the new stadium hosted the Vikings’ first regular season game in September against the Green Bay Packers. This year, several high-profile events are already scheduled for the venue, including the ESPN X Games in 2017 and 2018, the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018 and the 2019 NCAA Final Four. The stadium is also home to the NCAA’s Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Along with major sports competitions, the stadium serves as an entertainment venue for concerts, trade shows and other special events. While doubling as a multi-purpose location can generate extra revenue, it can also highlight concerns about turf damage caused by liquid spills and high pedestrian traffic. The stadium’s vast expanse of synthetic turf needed to be protected and staff found their answer in MasterShield® Vinyl, a heavy-duty artificial cover designed to safeguard artificial turf. Fire retardant, waterproof and rot and mildew resistant, the turf cover would provide the ideal surface for high volume events.
Covermaster delivered 70,000 square feet of MasterShield Vinyl in 10 sections, along with 10 TarpMate Rollers used to install, remove and store the turf covers. The grey/desert sand turf protector offers dual-sided options and a specially manufactured four-inch tape ensures that seams are kept secure throughout the event.