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Minnesota school using Metrodome seats for new football stadium

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Part of the Metrodome will live on in a small school district in southern Minnesota.

Or, more accurately, hundreds of parts.

FOX 9 reports that United South Central School District in Wells is building a new football stadium that will use seats from the former home of the Vikings and Twins.

The district is building the new facility following the passage of a referendum by taxpayers to fund the construction. But with a tight budget, local businesses chipped in to give the stadium a bit of extra special flair with the purchase of 840 Metrodome seats for $40 each.

"This is something I think every school our size would dream of having," United South Central School Board member John Feist told FOX 9 News.

In a welcome coincidence, since the school's colors are red, silver and blue, the district says the seats will remain Metrodome blue.

The cost of the new facility for the 630-student school is about $250,000, FOX 9 says.

United South Central isn't the only school in the state to put the Metrodome's old seats to use.

Northland’s News Center says 300 seats will be installed at Joel Maturi Field, which is named for the former University of Minnesota athletic director. Currently, the facility uses wooden and aluminum benches.

Albrecht Signs, the company that removed the seats from the Metrodome, estimated that 10,000-15,000 seats were bought at the facility during its public sale, which ended last week.

Those who missed the sale have another chance to purchase seats, since about 10,000 of them are being sold at Albrecht Signs' Fridley facility. Details are expected to be posted on the company's website and Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the deconstruction of the Metrodome is moving ahead. On Saturday, the dome's roof was deflated in about 35 minutes.

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