By Larry GLicken

Met Life Stadium is being sued by a St. Louis company called Taylor Turf Installation Inc.. The company was hired by MetLife Stadium’s operators to install a new playing surface this past summer. Taylor Turf claims it hustled to install the playing surface, and the company is claiming it is stilled owed more than $292,000 dollars for the installation.

Taylors Turf’s lawsuit in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court names New Meadowlands Stadium Co. LLC and Dalton, Ga.-based Turf Industry Inc., doing business as UBU Sports.

As for a report on Aol Sports, A MetLIfe Stadium spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that Taylor Turf’s beef shouldn’t be with the venue’s operators, insisting New Meadowlands Stadium Co. LLC merely tapped the Georgia company to head the turf-installation project and has “no direct knowledge of the parties’ contractual issues.”

“However, we have been in contact with UBU and have indicated that we expect them to resolve this matter quickly and amicably.” the stadium’s spokeswoman said.

Kelly Taylor the president of the family owned business said; his family-owned company has over the years laid the artificial playing surface in MetLife Stadium’s predecessor in East Rutherford, N.J. – Giants Stadium – and several times in the Edward Jones Dome, home of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.

He also went on to say; Winning the deal for the 82,500-seat MetLife, with every major U.S. turf company having bid on the work, “was a huge deal.”

“We were beaming with pride, and we were all excited about the opportunity,” he said. Given that the Super Bowl is a yearly global spectacle, this one being the first outdoors in cold weather, “we knew this field would be seen all over the world, so we gave it our best.”

Taylor Turf  expedited the job getting it done in half the time it normally takes and the total cost of the job is around $417,000. Taylor Turf also said the chief contractor for the job was UBU Sports, and all along they kept saying their payment was coming and they have not received it.

 

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