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Mayo High School welcomes grand and green addition to stadium

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo High School and Rochester Public Schools announced Wednesday the newest addition to Mayo's football field -- and it hails all the way from the Metrodome.

Mayo High School will be the first public high school to have a turf field in Rochester and from the Vikings no less. It has every corner of the school system buzzing about a future of turf.

"To me it's going to be very rewarding to watch our students in our community utilize the same turf that Adrian Peterson ran for 2,097 yards on," said Mayo High School principal Tom Olson.

The Metrodome may be taken apart, but a part of the Vikings is coming to Mayo High School stadium.

"It's great for the kids who grew up here and idolize the Vikings, and they're their heroes," says head football coach Donny Holcomb.

It comes as a donation on behalf of Mayo alumni and the Mayo Touchdown Club. The groups are also covering costs to install the turf. It's a gift with a $750,000 price tag.

It's also going to serve a greater purpose in helping prevent injuries commonly seen on grass fields.

"They get so tore up you know it does become a potential safety issue, so we believe it's going to be a safer environment for our athletes when they're on the field," said RPS Superintendent Michael Muñoz.

Additional teams such as Mayo soccer will be digging their cleats into the new field.

Mayo lacrosse will also be able to move from their turf field at Rochester Community and Technical College's stadium and play from home, which will save the district a pretty penny.

"We spend upwards of $10,000 a year with all three schools playing lacrosse games on a turf field out there, just so we can grow grass on our stadiums in the spring, so there's another savings to our district," says Mayo High School Activities Director, Jeff Whitney.

Lawn maintenance costs will also be cut since the turf can last up to 15 years before needing replacement. It has the whole district perking their ears up.

"It's just a tremendous buzz in the halls with this, with all of our students and staff just excited for this opportunity and not just for themselves, but everyone in the community," said Olson.

It will take eight to 10 weeks to install the field. Now, all the community can do is wait until the white melts away, and a new layer of green is laid out for the Spartans to stomp on.

Superintendent Muñoz said this is a step in the right direction as RPS moves forward in pursuing turf fields for both John Marshall and Century high schools in the future.

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