Seats from Bush Stadium get second chance

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INDIANAPOLIS – Some historic seats from Bush Stadium have been salvaged, refurbished, and installed at IndyGo bus stops.

IndyGo has roughly 4,000 bus stops and only 250 of them have shelters or benches. IndyGo and People for Urban Progress (PUP) worked together on the PUPstop program.

There are five locations where stadium seats have been installed. The bus stops feature a row of four yellow stadium seats. They include Broad Ripple Avenue at Ossip (Route 17), Meridian Street at Ivy Tech (Routes 18, 38, 39), Shelby Street at the Garfield Park Library (Route 22) and 86th Street at Kroger near the Monon Trail (Route 18). There are plans to install stadium seats at five additional locations in 2013.

“We love to be able to offer these historic seats at transit stops,” said Bryan Luellen, manager of marketing for IndyGo.

A total of 9,000 seats were salvaged from Bush Stadium, which served as home of the Indianapolis Indians for 65 years.

“A lot of the projects we do are really kind of connected to the mythology and history of Indianapolis and so we like that Bush Stadium is having a new life in its renovation, but that it’s kind of previous life is being honored in the salvage of these seats,” said Michael Bricker, chief innovator for PUP.

The seats are being refurbished inside Indianapolis Fabrications (IFAB) located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Suite G-50.

“PUP is working on restoring these just in little batches and then we’re implementing them as sites become available,” Luellen said.

If people are interested in having a PUPstop near them, they should contact IndyGo. They determine if the project can be given a green light. Also, there would be a required donation ranging from $850 to $1,700.

“It’s a great way for us to enhance the riding experience,” Luellen said.

The PUPstop program is the first phase of the project. Bricker said he hopes more people will become interested in the stadium seats. He would like to see them at other places like parks or near the Cultural Trail.

If people are interested in purchasing the seats for their community, they need to email PUP at info@peopleup.org.

The Bush Stadium seats will go on sale for fans tomorrow, Feb. 21. The seats are sold “as-is” and do not have a base. They will be sold at IFAB.

“We wanted to make sure the public had an opportunity to come and purchase some of these seats kind of as memorabilia,” Bricker said.

One seat costs $45. They will be on sale for fans until Saturday afternoon. For more information, contact PUP.

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