Metrodome seats to get 2nd life at Minn. high school - KMSP-TV

Metrodome seats get 2nd life at Minn. high school

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WELLS, Minn. (KMSP) -

The roof of the Metrodome was deflated for the last time over the weekend, and although the stadium will soon be demolished, many of its iconic blue seats will get a second life at a school in southern Minnesota.

In the small city of Wells, the school district has some big plans for their own sports program now that the iconic stadium is coming down.

When it comes to athletics in the United South Central School District, the rebels are about to see a major improvement to their arena. A brand new football stadium will soon ditch the temporary seat backs as they welcome the familiar blue seats from the soon-to-be razed stadium in Minneapolis.

"We're really excited about it," said parent Darin Johnson.

The district is currently building a new K-12 school for the student body of 630 after taxpayers passed a referendum to fund the construction. Since money was still tight, there wasn't room for the bells and whistles wealthier districts can afford -- but that's where several local businesses and the reclaimed seats come into play.

"This is something every school our size will dream of having," School Board Member John Feist told Fox 9 News.

Wells Concrete, a major employer in the area, has agreed to donate the material and labor to create a permanent, stadium-type seating structure at the new football field. One of the preliminary sketches of what it may look like comes with an estimated value of a $250,000.

"There's a lot of different ways our local businesses are helping out," Feist said. "Everyone is coming together, pitching in to make it happen."

Feist said that as the district was looking at pricing for seating options to fill the new home bleachers, the price of $40 for a Metrodome relic was the best deal. So, the district scooped up 840.

"This will be our home seating," Feist said. "The entire structure will be filled with Metrodome seats. Pretty neat!"

Since the USC school colors are red, silver and blue, the seats will keep their original colors. The new school will open in the fall, but the football facility won't be finished until a year later.

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