This little bit of trivia may help you win your next bar room bet:S&S Seating put out a a press release yesterday
announcing that they have been contracted to perform a sacred duty: dismantling all the seats of Shea Stadium for re-sale. I do hope a priest is on hand to give each blue, orange, green or red chair the Last Rites. The Shea seatectomy must be done with respect.
Judging from the S&S site,
looks like they get to keep the extras and sell them as memorabilia.
Here is the release: S&S Seating Signs Contract for Shea Stadium Seat Removal and Distribution
S&S Seating has been contracted by the New York Mets and the City of New York to remove and distribute the memorabilia stadium seats from Shea Stadium.
Troy, IN (PRWEB) August 25, 2008 -- S&S Seating today announced that they have been contracted by the New York Mets and the City of New York to remove and distribute the Shea Stadium seat pairs being sold to fans and collectors. S&S Seating will remove all pre-sold seat pairs, recondition and repaint the seat arms, box and ship the assembled seat pairs. S&S Seating will also remove and distribute 45-inch sections of bench seating from Shea's Left Field Picnic Area.
S&S Seating will begin removing Shea Stadium seats in the days following the Mets' final home game. The metal seat frames, which date back to Shea's opening season in 1964, will be stripped and repainted in their original color to meet standards for indoor use. The plastic seat and chair-back, which has been in use since 1980, will remain as is. S&S Seating will ship out the pre-sold seat pairs 8-12 weeks after the final game is played at Shea Stadium.
Seat pairs are available for purchase exclusively online at mets.com/shea, with general public sales beginning August 25, 2008. Fans and collectors worldwide will be able to purchase orange, blue, green, and red seats for $869 per pair. The limited inventory of seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Each seat pair will be authenticated by Major League Baseball's Authentication Program and affixed with a tamper-proof hologram displaying a unique identification number.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Mets and the City of New York on this stadium seat project," said Dale Sprinkle, President of S&S Seating. "Mets fans have a unique opportunity to own a piece of history, and S&S Seating is honored to provide our expertise to ensure each seat pair is professionally removed and shipped."
About S&S Seating:
S&S Seating has been family owned and operated since 1996. In addition to memorabilia seat removal and distribution, S&S Seating also offers refurbished seating to high schools and colleges to upgrade their cement stadiums. Additional information on S&S Seating services can be found online at stadiumseating.net.