Do you love the Mariners, and have a spacious man-cave? Looking to trade your couch for a less comfortable but infinitely more kick-ass seating arrangement? Have a few thousand extra dollars burning a hole in your pocket? If you answered yes to those three questions, the old benches and dugouts from the Kingdome can be yours.
The dugouts currently belong to Center Field Sports, but Ben Greaby, president and owner of the company, says they first went on the market back in 1999, just before the Dome was demolished. King County auctioned off the dugouts and other fixtures from the stadium, with the former selling for about $4,000 to a private buyer. That guy later abandoned the things, which is how they fell into the hands of Center Field Sports. They had been sitting in storage until Greaby decided to try selling them online last month.
"They're a one-of-a-kind item," Greaby says. "I always thought it would be cool if you'd open a sports bar to line the walls with 'em so people could sit inside the duguouts."
The memorabilia man also has some seats from the stadium, but alas none of the old trough-style urinals necessary to truly recapture the ambiance of the Dome. Still, the dugouts themselves sound pretty darn sweet. From the product description on eBay (emphasis added):
The home dugout consists of five individual sections. Each section is between 13 and 18 feet long and 8 feet high and 7 feet deep. One of the sections has the doorway that lead into the Mariners clubhouse. There is also the section that contains the helmet rack, bat racks and phone lines to the bullpen and press box. Some of the tubes that held bats were stolen while this was in storage. It is a common pvc pipe that can be replaced. This section is also missing the bench that Lou Piniella sat in, the Mariners kept this bench for their Hall of Fame.
|The exterior of a concrete warehouse looks sort of like the interior of the Kingdome.|
"Once you break it up you'll never get back it together," Greaby says. "But there's a possibility we'd break it up if someone wanted just one bench section. Everything is negotiable in life."
Apparently the benches are a bit weathered (amazingly, though, no pine tar or chewing tobacco stains left behind by Jay Buhner), but it sounds like nothing a little sanding won't fix. The New Era logos that were once plastered along the back wall are still there too, hidden beneath a coat of paint. Here's hoping these things stay in Seattle, and end-up in some sort of public place -- if only so the Mariner Moose will have the opportunity to dance atop them one last time.