St. Louis company still owed money for Super Bowl turf

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)– A St. Louis company which installed the artificial turf that will be used for the Super Bowl is both proud and angry.

That’s because the contractor that hired them, still owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Watching the Super Bowl next weekend is likely going to be a bitter experience for the employees of a family run business in Chesterfield, which has been waiting for the $300,000 it’s owed since before the football season even started.

When word came in April that they would be laying the turf at the Super Bowl stadium in June, the folks at ambassador flooring hit the ceiling.

But getting paid has turned out to be a pain in the grass.

MetLife Stadium hired UBU Sports to take charge of putting in a new field. UBU hired ambassador in Chesterfield to do the actual work. Ambassador calls that part of its company Taylor Turf.

And for Taylor Turf, this job turned out to be the toughest job they’ve ever done and the most expensive. With the initial bid of $281,000 became a final bill for $417,000, in part because it turned into a rush job and in part because it turned into a messy job.

Taylor Turf says it has emails proving UBU okayed the overruns, but so far all Taylor has been paid is $125,000, almost $300,000 short of what it says it has been owed since July.

Taylor Turf has filed a lawsuit and liens against the stadium and UBU, trying to get one of them to pay up.  That was in December.

So far, they haven’t heard a word or seen a dime.

We reached out to UBU Sports but got no response either.

But late this afternoon we did get a statement from Metlife Stadium, which reads in part:

“MetLife Stadium does not have a contractual relationship with Taylor Turf, therefore we are not responsible for any financial obligations. However, we have been in contact with UBU, and we expect them to resolve this matter quickly and amicably.

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