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2:21 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The eyes of the world will be on New Jersey's Met Life stadium this weekend for the Super Bowl. The stadium's seats were made by Grand Rapids' American Seating company, a national leader in stadium seating.

"It's pretty fun to be part of a company that provides the product that are so much in the public eye" said Doug Oswald, American Seating's Director of Product Design and Development.

American Seating, a fixture on Grand Rapids' west side since 1896, employs 400 people.

The company provides seating for 40 percent of the nation's NFL fans, but it's likely no game, and stadium, will receive as much attention as Sunday's Super Bowl.

American Seating provided 68,000 of Met Life Stadium's 82,500 seats. They are model 408, in various shades of neutral gray; Met Life is the only stadium that is home to two different NFL teams.

"It's kind of vanilla in a way - they did all gray seats with different colored gray to keep it so they could change it from the Jets to the Giants."

Oswald is a Packers fan; a season ticket holder at Lambeau. A real victory for he and his company? Convincing the Packers to replace their benches with American Seating seats.

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