Sandy Koufax's perfect game. Fernandomania. Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey. Kirk Gibson's ninth-inning, two-out home run to win the first game of the 1988 World Series. Tommy Lasorda yelling at umpires. Vin Scully calling the game.
For anyone who wants to relive the memories that Dodger Stadium has evoked over the past four decades, there is a unique opportunity to do so by pulling up a seat that's been pulled up.
As part of the $50 million renovation that the park underwent last winter, some 1,200 club- and dugout-level seats were torn out to make way for new premium seating. Those seats are now available for fans and collectors willing to pay for a piece of history.
The Dodgers and Art of the Game, an L.A.-based fine art and memorabilia chain, are selling the wooden seats for $595 each, with the Dodgers' share going to charity. And they're finding a lot of takers.
"We've already sold over half of them," said Tony Sabino, an Art of the Game spokesman. "People want to be able to buy something where people sat and watched Sandy Koufax pitch a perfect game."
Even before Dodger management had decided what to do with the seats, they were besieged with calls, letters and e-mails from fans asking for the chance to purchase them.
"People wanted to keep the same seats they had sat in," said Kris Rone, Dodger executive vice president for marketing. Season ticket-holders were offered first crack at buying their seats.
About 850 seats are on offer to the public, with the Dodgers keeping some for their own purpose. At least a couple will end up the property of Dodger Chairman Bob Daly, who already owns a seat from long-gone Ebbets Field, once the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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