Before we started rooting for the home team Indianapolis Indians at their current Victory Field stadium, they used to take the field at Bush Stadium. Located at 1501 West 16th Street, Bush Stadium has seen plenty of baseball over the years. Perhaps the highlight of its history was when Indianapolis hosted the Pan Am Games in 1987 and used Bush Stadium for the baseball events.
Sadly, this historic complex was proposed to be turned into an apartment complex. After 81 years of serving the community, demolition began last year on portions of Bush Stadium. Just because no more baseball will be played there, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to remember Bush Stadium. People for Urban Progress (aka PUP) salvaged the old fold-down seats of Bush Stadium and are now selling them to the public.
If you are interested, make sure to drop by Indianapolis Fabrications (located at 1125 Brookside Avenue). The sale will go on from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. both Thursday February 21 and Friday February 22. The sale will continue from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday February 23. You can purchase a Bush Stadium seat as is for just $45, or purchase a side-by-side double for $80. You can buy them in rows up to eight seats, and they come in red or orange colors.
If you want to go the full nine yards to show your dedication to the relics of old Bush Stadium, you can pay for a thoroughly refurbished pair starting at $800. And when we see refurbished, we’re talking about sand-blasting, power-coating, and updated hardware to make the seats look mint-condition. Bush Stadium may quietly pass into the archives of our city’s history, but you can take a piece of that history home with you this week.