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Champlin Park High School Gets A Piece Of The Metrodome

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CHAMPLIN, Minn. (WCCO) – The Metrodome may be gone, but a piece of its football history lives on in another stadium.

For more than 30 years, the goal of every high school football team in Minnesota was to make it to the Prep Bowl at the Metrodome.

Now, one high school has decided to bring a piece of the dome to their own stadium.

“There’s a lot of interest, a lot of intrigue, and it will just be a lot of fun to see those over the years,” Champlin Park assistant principal, Gerry Hegna, said.

Booster clubs paid $40 apiece for the old Metrodome seats. There are now 52 seats for fans to sit in. And they have another 25 in storage they could bring out later.

Rain or shine, the iconic blue seats with the trademark “M” on the side now make up two rows in front of the Champlin Park press box.

“Originally there were some logistics difficulties because the seats were so wide compared to our bleacher seats. So, it was kind of a question of how that was going to happen and how they were going to fit,” Hegna said.

And another row may someday be added.

The idea is to help some of the older fans that have a hard time on the bleachers and need some back support.

“This is a great chance for a little additional help for some folks that may need that help,” Hegna said.

It’s just one example of what happened to the seats when they were taken out of the Metrodome.

It’s bound to be a hit with the fans. And it’s already a win with some of the younger players.

“Not a lot of high schools have those chairs. For us to have that, I just think it’s really cool,” freshman running back Thomas Zinnah said.

Champlin Park won their first home game of the season, defeating Blaine 31- 13.

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