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    Someone recently mentioned in another thread that all the seats had been removed from Tiger Stadium. Does anyone know if the city held a public sale of these seats? What happened to them? We all know there is a market for those.

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    Originally posted by Astros View Post
    Someone recently mentioned in another thread that all the seats had been removed from Tiger Stadium. Does anyone know if the city held a public sale of these seats? What happened to them? We all know there is a market for those.
    I know they had a public sale of all things in Tiger Stadium, seats, signs, etc. Not sure on what they charged for the seats, but I do know the same company that did the removal of items from Busch Stadium in St.Louis also did it for Tiger Stadium. The co. is from St.L. I think the city of Detroit made around 250,000-300,000 on the sale. Much less than I thought they would. Here in St.L they charged $500.00 for a pair of seats, $250.00 just for a seat back or bottom, and $500.00 for an autographed seat back signed by all living HOF's.Plus, they aucthened off everything, including the urinels. The Cards made a few million dollars off this auction.

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    • #3
      I think every item in the Detroit auction sold, including urinals, arrows and pencil stands. The full seats went for a little less than what they went in St. Louis, my brother got a single seat from his in-laws for an early holiday gift.

      A few of the stores in the Detroit area were selling set backs in their Black Friday sales. Pretty cheap, about $30, I believe. I got one, and steered a couple people that way, as well, who lost out at the on-line auction.
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      • #4
        I remember seeing an episode of "Detroit SWAT" where the DPD was using Tiger Stadium for sniper practice.

        They were up in the stands and on the roof and the targets were in short center field.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Reds41 View Post
          I remember seeing an episode of "Detroit SWAT" where the DPD was using Tiger Stadium for sniper practice.

          They were up in the stands and on the roof and the targets were in short center field.
          Wow, just like 1968!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
            I think every item in the Detroit auction sold, including urinals, arrows and pencil stands. The full seats went for a little less than what they went in St. Louis, my brother got a single seat from his in-laws for an early holiday gift.

            A few of the stores in the Detroit area were selling set backs in their Black Friday sales. Pretty cheap, about $30, I believe. I got one, and steered a couple people that way, as well, who lost out at the on-line auction.
            I remember seeing when they were removing the seats they were just using chainsaws to cut right down the middle of some seats. Seems like they were in a hurry to dismantle the place, which seems odd since it has sat their empty for 8 years.

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            • #7
              You guys have it all wrong.

              Donald bought all the seats. He is building an ark with them.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by StanTheMan View Post
                You guys have it all wrong.

                Donald bought all the seats. He is building an ark with them.
                I thought he bought them all to rebuild the stadium in his back yard!
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                • #9
                  Where has Donald been? Haven't heard from him in months...
                  Last edited by alpineinc; 03-18-2008, 06:25 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kentucky Bomber View Post
                    Wow, just like 1968!
                    Does this refer to the WS Champs or the riots of 1968?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Guinnypint View Post
                      Does this refer to the WS Champs or the riots of 1968?
                      The way Lolich pitched, not much of anything was being shot into the seats, lol.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
                        Where has Donald been? Haven't heard from him in months...
                        I think he's strapping himself to one of the old view-obstructing girders at Tiger Stadium.

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                        • #13
                          i bought a set of seats from the online sale. coming out of the box they definately looked like they came out of an abandoned stadium.



                          this is what they looked like after a good scrubbing. and after the auction they had a sale of unsold stuff at the stadium, a bunch of stuff in piles in the bleacher concourse, some with fixed prices and others you could make offers for. my friend got a locker room bag, i got an orange seat back, glazed concourse brick and a closing game edition of the detroit news for $25.



                          the seats that were not sold in the sale are/will be junked according to the guy at the stadium. so far they have only removed the lower deck seats.

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                          • #14
                            dgk-

                            Your seats cleaned up well. Mine were also very dirty (8years of none use) but look much better now.

                            Question- How are you planning to mount them, consideration of painting, and doing anything with the bracket from the missing seat (#3 in your set). Coincidently, I have seats #4 and #5. I do wish they could have told what sectio and row.

                            So far, I have cleaned the seats and mounted to a 2'x4' sheet of plywood and a 2"x8" "riser" that I painted a dark grey.

                            Any suggestions to the questions would be helpful.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by alpineinc View Post
                              Where has Donald been? Haven't heard from him in months...
                              I am still here. we have not heard anything about Tiger Stadium here in Detroit since the Mayor got into trouble.this is one good thing about all of this mess now.
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