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Metrodome seat removal begins hours after last game

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While the Vikings search for a new coach after letting Leslie Frazier go on Black Monday, the rush is on to tear down the team's old home -- and crews aren't wasting time preparing for demolition.

The team closed out the Metrodome's portion of franchise history with a victory on Sunday afternoon that went into the books just before 3 p.m. By 8 a.m. Monday morning, crews were ripping out the seats and readying them for sale less than 20 hours after fans were occupying them.

"It's cool to come in and be a part of it," Tom Albrecht said. "I've done work here in the past many years ago, seen a lot of games here with my kids."

The roar of the crowd is gone, but the sounds of power tools and heavy lifting rang off the inflated roof. Albrecht's company is responsible for removing and selling the iconic plastic blue seats from the stadium.

So far, more than 4,000 orders have come in. The seats dotted with red stickers have been specifically requested by season ticket holders, and individual prices range from $40 for non-profits to up to $80 plus tax for fans.

"We got calls from Japan, Pittsburgh, Hawaii, Florida, California -- just about anywhere," Albrecht told Fox 9 News. "'Can I get a seat? Can you ship it?'"

Those interested in buying a seat should be aware that they are built to be bolted into stadium risers. As such, they do not sit flush on the ground, but they are working with a vendor to try and create a floor base in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, excavation outside the Metrodome has also kicked into a higher gear. The roof deflation is set for Jan. 18, and time is tight to tear down the 32-year-old stadium to make way for the team's new billion-dollar home.

Anyone interested in getting more information on seat sales or looking for a purchase agreement can contact Tony Manning at or visit

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