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Duluth Pack to offer products made from Metrodome fabric

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Duluth Pack will introduce a new line of bags and duffels at the Minnesota State Fair today that are made from the Metrodome’s right field wall.

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The heavy-duty blue fabric — known as the “baggie” — was installed in 1983 to limit the number of home runs hit to right field at the now-demolished stadium.

The 16-by-190-foot wall and the Metrodome’s fabric roof were purchased at auction by two St. Paul businessmen, Timothy O’Phelan and Jim Cunningham. They, in turn, brought the fabric to Duluth Pack to fashion into packs and bags.

The new line of right field wall bags will be unveiled at a news conference at 10 a.m. today at the Duluth Pack booth in the Dairy Building at the state fair. The five bag styles combine the signature blue fabric with quality leather trim. Some also have the wall graphics incorporated into the design.

Last year, a bag line fashioned by Duluth Pack out of the roof fabric was similarly unveiled at the fair. That “Domer” line features 11 bags and packs that sell for $95 to $485. The cost of the new line made from the right field wall was not available on Friday.

Both lines are limited editions.

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