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A piece of NC State history for sale

The Wolfpack Club is getting into the vintage furniture business.

It's selling seats from Reynolds Coliseum, the wood-and-steel originals from when the Old Barn opened in 1949.

The slice of nostalgia, a pair of connected seats, costs $460. The memories from the Dixie Classic and ACC tournament or David Thompson and Jim Valvano come free with the iconic red chairs.

The Wolfpack Club members have first dibs at the seats. Buzzy Correll, the associate executive director of the Wolfpack Club, said of the 800 sets available, more than 400 have already been sold.

On Monday, the public will be able to purchase the seats through the club's web site

The Coliseum, the home of Wolfpack men's basketball for 50 years, is in the process of getting its first major renovation since it opened more than 65 years ago.

The North end of the building is being turned into the Walk of Fame, a display site and home for the N.C. State Athletic Hall of Fame.

The back two-thirds of the building is being reconfigured and updated for the women's basketball, volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics teams.

Construction on the $35 million project started in March. It is expected to be complete by Aug. 2016.

Reynolds was the home of both Wolfpack national title teams in 1974 and '83. Everett Case ushered in the first glory era of ACC basketball in the 1950s. The annual Dixie Classic, from 1949 to 1960, brought in some of the best basketball teams and players in the country.

The ACC tournament was held in Reynolds, which seated 12,400 for basketball, the first 13 years it was staged.

After the men's team left for the off-campus arena at the start of the 1999-2000 season, the Wolfpack women's basketball team changed the seating configuration for a capacity of 8,560.

The capacity when the renovation is complete will be about 5,500, hence the availability of the seats.

Correll said it's also possible more seats could become available further into the construction time table.

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