— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on September 25 at 2:00PM
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Yankee John sent along this tidbit from the NY Daily News (thanks). Shea Stadium's parts will live forever:

Parts of Shea will keep on Flushing


Long after the final out, Shea Stadium will live on in the hearts and memories of Met fans - and in park bathrooms, rec centers and pools citywide.

The Parks Department, which owns both Shea and Yankee stadiums, plans to salvage countless items in the days after the Mets play their final game - stockpiling doors, toilets, sinks, lights and other workaday supplies that will be installed in city parks for years to come.


"Our guys will come up, just unbolt everything, take them right to the skids, ramp them right out to the truck and ship them out to the boroughs," said Parks Department technical services chief Arthur Rollins from inside a women's rest room, where just about everything attached to the walls - even soap dispensers - will potentially end up in a park.

"Our stuff is extremely practical," Rollins said in a recent tour of the stadium's nuts and bolts. "This is stuff that comes out of our budgets, and our shops' budgets are really small."

The scavenging will save the city $2.5 million on purchases in coming years.

Rollins and Anthony Rizzo, the Park Department's Shea director, have spent months drawing up a 10-page battle plan for salvaging stadium materials, down to ordering bubble wrap, plotting how to remove items quickly and scheduling which ramps to wheel pallets out on.


A crew of 200 parks workers will remove 327 toilets, 310 urinals, 128 sinks, 528 light fixtures, 395 toilet partitions, 209 speakers, 100 field lights and 100 doors, among other items.

Rizzo looked at the orange partitions, noting, "They can be painted different colors."

Energy-efficient lights hanging over concourses will go to recreation centers, while the bright field lights will be mounted at pools and used to prevent nighttime drownings.

"From a technical standpoint, a light fixture that's five years old is just as good as a light fixture that's new," Rollins said. "These fixtures have a replacement cost of $500, so it's a home run for us."

Rollins and Rizzo scheduled the work around hundreds of other laborers who will also be dismantling the seats, scoreboard, foul poles, dugouts and other memorabilia for private dealers. Over 15 days, they will turn Shea into a concrete shell of its former self - so demolition crews can get to work on the 16th day.

As Rollins and Rizzo walked past brightly painted walls, touring rest rooms where everything works and shines, their sense of loss was clear. "It's tough, because in our opinion, both [Shea and Yankee] stadiums are in a state of good repair," Rollins said, admiring the view of Manhattan from an upper-deck ramp. "This has been my house for the last 10 years."




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