Friday night's football game at Rochester's Mayo High School will be memorable for the Spartans.

It will not only be the first home game of the season for the 2-0 Mayo squad, it will be the first time the team will play a game on the artificial turf field that was installed over the summer.

Many schools have switched from grass to turf in recent years, but the Mayo High School field is thought to be the only one in Minnesota that is "professional grade."  The Mayo Touchdown Club, a group of parents and fans of Spartan football, obtained a large donation from an anonymous benefactor and managed to cut a deal to acquire the field that was removed from the Metrodome prior to the demolition of the former stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

No tax dollars were used for the purchase and installation of the turf, which also benefits the Mayo High School soccer and lacrosse teams.

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