You may have a jar of potpourri sitting around your house right now, emitting a fragrant aroma that can make your abode smell like a garden—or whatever the package promises. A Minnesota entrepreneur can’t promise his new creation will bring back the smells of a defunct stadium, but he is giving a home to little pieces of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome through a new product called Domepourri.
Metrodome artifacts are included inside each jar of Domepourri, the brainchild of Joel Bradley and Low and Inside LLC, who will introduce it inside the sports collectors area at Twinsfest this weekend. If Steiner Sports can sell Yankee Stadium dirt, the group figured why not Metrodome teflon?
“The H.H.H. Metrodome was an iconic building in the Minneapolis skyline for 32 years,” Bradley told Sports Collectors Daily. “The roof collapse captured on video in 2010 opened the door to creating various collectible items over the years. We have pieces and parts of stadium seats, turf and related items and were brainstorming a few weeks ago about putting a nice, fun collectible together that would be affordably priced.”
Domepourri comes in two sizes: a four-ounce jar for $5 or an eight-ounce model for $15 plus $3 shipping. Each contains a variety of Metrodome artifacts including:
- Piece of 1987-1991 Astroturf from the stadium’s early years
- Piece of Fieldturf 2011-2014
- Fieldturf rubber pellets/granules
- Piece of a lower level box seat
- Piece of a box seat cup holder
- Lower level box seat bolt or nut
- Piece of the original teflon roof 1982-2011
- Piece of concrete from lower level concourse
- Piece of a past event sports ticket
- Plastic seat spacer/washer
Gathering the artifacts has been an ongoing endeavor.
“Through the years we have purchased pieces of the original teflon roof, seats, turf and arranged for authentic concrete direct from the source during demolition of the Metrodome,” Bradley explained. “Everyone that takes a look at it – it brings a smile to their face and a related story or two from their memory bank.”
If you can’t make it to the Twin Cities for Twinsfest, slated for January 23-25, Bradley is offering Domepourri—and some original Metrodome seats—on eBay. It is also available online at http://www.domepourri.com.