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Bush Stadium seats to live on at bus stops

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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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  • Give it away, give it away,
    PUP should consider giving seats to other civic and non-profit groups that can also use them, for bus stops or other uses. My understanding is that PUP has no monetary investment in the seats and that they were salvaged using donated labor, transport, storage, etc. PUP was a little stingy with the RCA Dome fabric... Otherwise this is a great group doing great reuse projects.
  • BR stop
    I love the idea. However, one small criticism, the BR stop already had a nice bench. I wish they installed these seats somewhere else, where it was more needed.
  • Irvington
    Irvington would be an ideal place and hope to see them there soon!
  • neat idea
    The stop in Broad Ripple by Ossip already has these installed.
  • Neat Idea
    The stop in the middle of Broad Ripple already has these installed.

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