Minnesota's Metrodome to sell off fixtures

July 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, July 20 (UPI) -- The operators of the Metrodome in Minneapolis said they will sell of seats and other artifacts from the old stadium's glory days to the public.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minneapolis Sports Facilities Authority, told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune bleachers, basketball backboards and scoreboards will be among the items offered starting in the fall.

"We'll just have a month to disassemble that entire stadium before demolition," she said. "That is why we're trying to get rid of as much of this stuff as we can now."

The pricing and method of sale has yet to be determined and the sale will probably take a few months.

The first items to go will be those related to basketball and baseball. Football gear will not be sold off, since the Vikings have one more season to go at the dome before it is razed.

A new football stadium is to be built on the site and open in time for the 2016 NFL season.

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