INDYSTAR: In one of the more interesting recycling efforts, those old fold-down seats from Bush Stadium, the former home of the Indianapolis Indians, will be sold off to the public.
Buy a single seat “as is” for $45 ($80 for a side-by-side double), or pay much more — starting at $800 — for a thoroughly refurbished pair that’s been sand-blasted, power-coated and reassembled with new hardware.
You can buy them in rows of up to eight seats.
As the old baseball stadium on West 16th Street was being refitted as an apartment complex, the nonprofit People for Urban Progress salvaged some 9,000 of its seats, seats from where local baseball fans observed some very fine baseball over the years. (Among the Indians’ alumni: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Randy Johnson, Roger Maris and Bob Uecker.)
The seats come in red or orange. The money from their sale goes to PUP, which spearheaded the salvage effort, and to other community projects.
You can buy “as is” seats from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 21-22 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at Indianapolis Fabrications, 1125 Brookside Ave., Suite G50.
More information at People for Urban Progress.
Bush Stadium had been decaying for more than a decade by the time of its most recent refit. The Indians moved into a spiffy new stadium, Victory Field, closer to Downtown, in 1996.
Some of the old stadium seats have already been set up at bus stops around the city.
PUP has made a small industry out of recycling old sports-related stuff.
It took the more than five miles’ worth of banners left over from last year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis and cut them up into commemorative shower curtains, wallets and beach bags and is getting about $40 for them.
And remember the RCA Dome? Pup got hold of the vinyl skin that covered the top of the former home of the Colts and made a variety of handy things from it, including iPad cases.
Next up: Pup will sell 40 of the city’s old parking meters, the ones with the little cranks on them; another 40 the group will place in a single-themed installation at City Market and encourage people to insert their spare change into them, sort of like you’d do a wishing well.
That money will be doled out to other nonprofit groups.
Call Star reporter Will Higgins at (317) 444-6043 or follow him on Twitter at @willrhiggins.