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Dom Izzo, WDAY, Published June 05 2012

VIDEO: Replacement begins for $3 million Fargodome turf

FARGO - The countdown to the Bison football opener is 88 days away and when NDSU enters the FargoDome for its opener against Robert Morris they'll be playing on brand new field turf.

The project got underway today as the construction of the new storage pits began. It's a $3 million renovation that's taking place that will eventually have the Bison playing on the same surface that the St Louis Rams do.

Rob Sobolik – FargoDome Executive Director: “Right now you look out there and see, ‘oh this is a concrete floor. That's kind of a bust. Where did that 3 million go?’ But, they're going to focus first on getting the new mechanical equipment that rolls the football turf in and off of the football out onto the field. Obviously, with a field that's 200 feet wide by 400 feet long, it doesn't come in one giant roll. It has to be transported. So, all of this stuff has to get connected, sewn together, and seemed together. It is a process and we expect over the next 10-14 days, that that's when people will start seeing what people always think of when they think of football turf in their mind; the actual green carpet going out onto the field.”

Sobolik says July 10th the installation should be completed before the USA Wrestling Tournament. The Alerus Center is undergoing a similar renovation in Grand Forks.