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Rooftop Signs From Wells Fargo Becoming A Sticking Point In Vikings Stadium Project
Published December 6, 2013
MAY I HAVE A SEAT? In Minneapolis, Abby Simons reported about 70 schools, colleges, and nonprofits have asked about the folding plastic bleacher chairs from the Metrodome "in chunks of 200 to 300 at a time for their facilities." But Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen on Thursday said that while some seats will "take the auction block, taking them apart and handing them out to deserving organizations isn’t simple or cheap." She said, "It's become a stumbling block for us for us to figure out what the cost is going to be and what people can reasonably pay." She cited estimates by Mortenson Construction as showing that the cost associated with removing the seats is about "$48 per chair." When multiplied "by the 20,000 chairs requested by the nonprofits ... the total cost is $960,000" (STARTRIBUNE.com, 12/5).