Metrodome’s field painted for the Vikings final season there

  1. Listen Metrodome gets one last Vikings paint job

    Aug. 6 2013 MPR’s Tim Nelson reports

They’re putting finishing touches on Mall of America field today — literally.

Painters are applying the field markings and logos on the turf in the Metrodome for the last time this week, ahead of what will be the last season for the Vikings in the stadium.

“Straightest lines in the NFL,” said Leo Pidde, the Metrodome’s manager of building services. “We’ll be touching it up during the year, because there’s wear on but this is it, the last season.”

He said the field has been painted hundreds of times since 1982, when the building opened. It’s been less so lately, since the Gophers moved football back to campus and the Twins moved to Target Field.

A crew of three is working on it today. Painter Wayne Enger said it takes as long as a week to completely paint the field, although it can be rushed through in half a day. Maintenance personnel will put more than 40 gallons of paint on the turf ahead of Friday’s game.

“Art? Well there’s a little bit of talent, but I call it paint by numbers,” said Ken Yanish, who’s been painting the field for about 15 years. “You put out your blocker, and follow the numbers.”

And it may very well be his last paint  job ever for the Vikings. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said the new stadium that is set to break ground this fall may have interchangeable turf with inlaid markings.

“There’s some melancholy, looking at the Dome coming down, ” she says, “although everyone is so excited about the new stadium that we’re building that everybody seems to be looking forward.”

The last game in the Dome is likely to be played in January, and demolition of the Metrodome is expected to start about six weeks later.

  • Johnny Ralph Horstman

    yes, you don’t have a childhood without a public swimming pool

  • MIDstuckintheDLE

    Necessary for a city to function? No. Valuable? Very.

  • reader

    Great biofiltration pool in construction in N. Mpls reviewed in the Paper today. No chlorine.

  • Dick from Gaylord

    Children are supervised by lifeguards, and they seek food. An excellent alternative to daycare. Plus can make friends with all the other lowlifes.

    • Dick from Gaylord

      I meant sell not seek. Damn autocorrect.

      • Gayle

        Lowlifes? I hope that was another autocorrect error and you are not saying that those that would utilize a public pool are lowlifes. I further hope you are not indicating that dropping the kids off at the pool is being used as a common substitute for daycare. If so, your bias is showing. One more question – who sells food, kids or lifeguards?

  • SharkTale2014

    As long as the United States Government is spending billions of dollars on military spending in order to kill other Human Beings I want my tax dollars to go to public pools. Public Pools provide a place to exercise for all humans.

  • Sarah

    A valuable function maybe, but certainly not necessary. Not as a public function, and certainly not something that a city can’t do without if the money and space can go to a another source that is deemed by the citizens of the community to be truly necessary. And the use of chlorine, and whether it is harmful for people, especially children, is still a question that has not been adequately addressed.

  • PaulJ

    If it is an outdoor pool, it must only be necessary for about 3 months.

  • Ralphy

    Considering the deterioration of the water quality in our lakes (most would be considered to be a bio-hazard area), pools are a relatively safe alternative and a valuable form of recreation and exercise. Access to clean water for recreation is an integral component in the quality of life calculation for Minnesota communities.

  • Rob K

    As long as the tax base doesn’t mind subsidizing it, why not. They don’t make money in MN, so it has to be pretty clear that the community is going to pay for it.