- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WELLS, Minn. (AP) - As work begins to demolish the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, hundreds of its blue stadium seats will be recycled by a small school district in southern Minnesota.

The United South Central School District is building a new K-12 school for its 630 students. With a tight budget, there wasn’t enough money for any extras at its new football field - which is where several local businesses and the reclaimed seats came into play.

“This is something every school our size will dream of having,” John Feist, a school board member, told KMSP-TV (https://bit.ly/1mzQbnL ).

Wells Concrete, a major employer in the area, is donating the material and labor to create a permanent, stadium-type seating structure at the new football field.

“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.”

When the district looked at seating options, $40 for an old Metrodome seat seemed like a good deal. So the district scooped up 840 seats.

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

Since the school district’s 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.


Information from: KMSP-TV, https://www.myfox9.com

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