Now’s your chance, but act fast.
Five hundred pairs of upper-deck “rainbow gut” seats and old Astrodome space helmets worn by the grounds crew nearly 50 years ago are among the items up for grabs Saturday during a sale and auction at Reliant Center.
Larger Dome items, like turnstiles and dugout benches, are headed for auction, while smaller items will be sold at a fixed price.
Registration for the 9:30 a.m. auction begins at 7 a.m. The sale of seats and turf begins at 8 a.m.
The roughly 500 pairs of upper-deck seats – some of which still had years-old peanut shells stuck to the sides from fans – will be sold for $200 per pair. There’s a limit of four pairs of seats (eight seats total) per person.
For those looking for a piece of history on the cheap, a 12-inch-by-12-inch piece of turf will go for $20. Again, there is a limit. Buyers can take home only four squares of turf per person.
The auction is run by Reliant Park officials and the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp., which manages the county-owned Reliant Park.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Astrodome renovation project.
Note that this partial disassembly is necessary whether the Dome referendum passes or not. Recall also that the sale of Astrodome memorabilia was built into the estimates for the Dome renovation project, so by buying that upper deck chair you’re helping the preservation cause. Who out there plans to make a bid for something? Swamplot has more.