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Could seats from an Elvis concert end up in your home?

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which manages the Bojangles’ Coliseum, said it’s trying to find a way to make some of the 9,700 old seats available to the public as they’re replaced.
The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which manages the Bojangles’ Coliseum, said it’s trying to find a way to make some of the 9,700 old seats available to the public as they’re replaced. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte City Council voted Monday to spend $975,000 to replace the original seats at Bojangles’ Coliseum, the 1955 building that has hosted Elvis, The Rolling Stones and ACC basketball tournaments.

The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which manages the building, said it’s trying to find a way to make some of the 9,700 old seats available to the public.

Laura White of the CRVA said the firm hired to remove and replace the seats, American Seating Company, has plans to “recycle and repurpose” the old seats.

But she said the tourism authority has had several calls from people wanting to acquire a commemorative seat or two from the Coliseum. The CRVA is trying to find an economical way to make the seats available so it doesn’t increase the project’s cost.

The city plans to spend $16 million upgrading the Coliseum. Other improvements include a new scoreboard and upgraded locker rooms.

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