Maybe it doesn’t have quite the history of Tiger Stadium or even the Orange Bowl, but the RCA Dome has been around long enough to be torn down and stripped of sports memorabilia. The auction and sale are underway.
The Indiana Sports Corporation and the Indianapolis Colts have partnered to make memorabilia from the RCA Dome available for purchase before the facility is torn down to make room for parking in anticipation of the completion of the Colts’ new home across the street.
Proceeds from the sale of Dome memorabilia will go to the Indianapolis Colts Foundation – which benefits Indiana charities – and the Indiana Sports Corporation, a local not-for-profit organization.
“We have something for everyone in this auction,” Colts Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Tom Zupancic said Monday. “We’re offering fans of not only the Colts, but fans of all of the sports that have been held in the RCA Dome and the Hoosier Dome, to get a piece of that.”
For the past 10 days, season ticket-holders have been able to purchase their seats. Generic sets of two seats are now available online for $395.
Other items available for purchase online include: turf plaques ($60), 10-, 20-, 30- and 40-yard line markers ($1,000), striped-yard line turf pieces ($125), roof plaques ($60), rubber-dirt turf vials ($10), aisle signs ($125) and turnstiles ($250).
Items currently available for auction include:
• Several player lockers ($2,000 starting bid).
• Midfield helmet logo-turf ($10,000 starting bid).
• Blue turf segment from end zone ($100 starting bid).
• Locker room urinal ($500 starting bid).
Items will be available for auction for a week or less, with new auctions scheduled to begin each Monday, said MainGate President and CEO Dave Moroknek.
“This place holds such amazing sports memories,” Indiana Sports Corporation President Susan Williams said. “The RCA Dome gave us an opportunity to grow amateur sports in Indianapolis, and therefore brand this city as an amazing place to live, work, have a family and play.
“We’re excited that fans will be able to take a little bit of this memory with them as we move on to our next phase in the city’s sports history.”
“We expect a very high volume of traffic,” said Moroknek, whose organization will facilitate the process.
Zupancic said he expects 57-60 player lockers to be available in the coming weeks and months, and he said he expects items to be purchased by Colts fans nationwide and worldwide.
“I think we’re making available to the general public a lot of different options and a lot of affordable options, as well,” Zupancic said. “By utilizing the web, we’re giving people in California who are maybe transplanted from Indiana an opportunity to own a little piece of the memorabilia. We think it’s going to be a nationwide project, because there are an awful lot of Colts fans out there.”
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