When the Minnesota Vikings take to the field at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2024, the playing surface will be a bit different from what they’re used to.
Per numerous sources, led by Kevin Seifert of ESPN, the Vikings will be replacing the turf at U.S. Bank Stadium in time for next season.
The Vikings are, currently, one of three teams that are currently playing on what is called “slit-film” turf, a surface that is associated with a higher rate of non-contact injuries than other surfaces. In its place, the team will be installing a type of turf that is known as “Act Global Xtreme Turf DX.”
The Vikings opted against replacing the turf ahead of this season in order to insure that there was an orderly selection process, and the current turf was also under warranty through this season. The work to replace the turf will begin in February and will be done ahead of the 2024 season. The Vikings will be having the new surface installed at their indoor practice facility as well.
The NFLPA has attempted to get all 32 NFL stadiums to install natural grass in their facilities, but a study apparently found that putting natural grass inside of U.S. Bank Stadium. . .which hosts around 200 other events per year in addition to Vikings’ football. . .was not feasible.
I’m not sure how much of an effect the new turf will have on the team’s performance or anything like that, but anything that minimizes the likelihood of non-contact injuries has to be seen as a good thing.