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Bits of Rubber Bowl to be sold

AKRON, Ohio – Goal posts, weathered bleachers, lockers, toilets and turf will be for sale this weekend when pieces of the University of Akron’s old football stadium hit the auction block.

Iron gates, food carts, sound systems and signs from the 73-year-old Rubber Bowl also are up for grabs Saturday, auctioneer Glenn Witchey told the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1aC0ShR ).

“If it’s not concrete, it’s pretty much going to go,” Witchey said.

The university moved its football team to InfoCision Stadium on campus in 2009 and sold the deteriorating stadium to Team 1 Marketing of Canton for $38,000 in May.

The biggest draw at the auction is expected to be the stadium’s turf, which was appraised at $180,000, said Team 1’s president, Sean Mason.

The horseshoe-shaped facility built in the late 1930s is now marred by graffiti, weeds and crumbling concrete, but Team 1 hopes to renovate it for use for football games, concerts and other events.

Investors plan to supply $10 million to $12 million for new turf, an aluminum overdeck system and a pre-fabricated press box, Mason said. They also are considering adding a dome, at a price of about $15 million to $20 million, so the stadium could be used year-round, he said.

The company hopes to start construction by the end of November and complete it in time for a July 4 concert and fireworks.

Team 1 doesn’t have a right to the Rubber Bowl name and is talking to companies about purchasing the naming rights, Mason said.

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