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Bush Stadium seats to live on at bus stops

November 21, 2012

An Indianapolis not-for-profit that recycled the fabric roof of the former RCA Dome into totes, wallets and other items has found a new use for the seats once used at Bush Stadium.

People for Urban Progress has salvaged the stadium’s seats for use at IndyGo bus stops.

IndyGo, in turn, is giving organizations and individuals an opportunity to endow a set of chairs at a stop in a program called “PUPstop.”

The cost ranges from $850 to $1,700 and gets the supporter’s logo or name on a commemorative sign at the stop.

Costs for sponsorship have dropped almost in half since IBJ first reported on the seat-salvage program in January.

“We feel this project was a perfect opportunity to promote transit while preserving a piece of Indianapolis history,” said PUP co-founder Michael Bricker.

Samantha Cross, IndyGo’s vice president of business development, described the effort as a unique way to support transit.

IndyGo staff will determine eligibility of a bus stop to receive the stadium chairs.

The pilot stop is at Alabama and Vermont Streets. Others are planned for downtown, Broad Ripple, Fountain Square and Nora.

PUP salvaged about 11,000 seats in a partnership with Ecolaborative, Indianapolis Fabrications and Recycle Force. 

Bush Stadium closed in the mid-1990s when the Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball team moved to Victory Field.

In the late-1990s, Bush served as a midget car race track and was used more recently to store salvaged cars. Most of it is being demolished for an apartment complex.

The 1931 stadium was also the backdrop for the 1980s movie "Eight Men Out."

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