Yanks, Mets Dig In for Stadium Sell-Offs

Teams expect to make millions auctioning off pieces of closing parks
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 2:11 PM CDT
A giant U.S. flag is unfurled in center field during ceremonies for the first game of the final season at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 1, 2008.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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(Newser) – Demolition isn’t usually very profitable—unless you’re knocking down Yankee Stadium or Shea Stadium and auctioning off every last brick. When New York’s stadiums close at season’s end, they’ll transform into a merchandising windfall, Newsweek reports. Seats, lockers, scoreboards and maybe even infield dirt will be up for sale, and should easily net the clubs upward of $10 million.

Fans are already trying to claim souvenirs; the Yankees are pressing charges against a pair who tried to steal some upper-deck bunting. Pairs of seats will fetch at least $1,000 each by themselves, one expert said. But some fans won’t be buying in. “It would be like taking something off a corpse,” said one opponent of public stadium financing. "Besides, I already took a seat from Yankee Stadium in 1976."