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Home-town discount on turf

It sure looks like Erie County got a good deal on the contract it signed to install new artificial turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Cheektowaga-based firm, A-Turf, won the bid, at $178,000, to replace the turf at the Orchard Park stadium. The work is being completed this week.

Minneapolis has been forced to replace the turf this offseason at the Metrodome, due to the fact the roof collapsed at the domed stadium last year. A turf replacement wasn't in the plans. But because so much water sat on the turf for so long, the turf had to go. The stadium authority in Minneapolis is paying $495,000 to have a Georgia-based company, Shaw Sportexe, install new turf for this season.

Of course, it's two different jobs, and the specifications and repairs no doubt are not exactly the same. But it's obvious Erie County is getting its money's worth.

---Mark Gaughan

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