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Bush Stadium Seats Available for Purchase

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment


Repurposed seats at Broad Ripple bus stop.

Repurposed seats at a Broad Ripple bus stop. Photo provided by

By Amy Crook
People for Urban Progress

People for Urban Progress (PUP) has collaborated with Indianapolis Fabrications, RecycleForce and Ecolaborative to salvage 9,000 Bush Stadium seats as Develop Indy and the City of Indianapolis prepared for the development of 16 Tech. Bush Stadium was the former home to the Indianapolis Indians on West 16th Street.

There are three ways you can secure these seats:

1) Purchase seats “as-is” from People for Urban Progress on Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Indianapolis Fabrications (1125 Brookside Ave, Suite G50). Please plan to make payment and pick up seats during these times. Seats will be sold as single ($45) and double ($80) and will not include a base and have not been refurbished what-so-ever. Proceeds will benefit PUP and support other community projects. Additional information can be found at

2) Public and private purchase of refurbished seats: Seats can be purchased from single seats to long groupings of 8 or more. Each seat is completely disassembled, sand-blasted, powder-coated and reassembled with new hardware and includes a base. Seats can be bolted to a concrete pad or footings. Seats are available in ORANGE and RED. Orders take 3-4 weeks to fulfill. Pricing: Set of 2 $800-$975, Set of 4 $1350-$1700. Additional information can be found at

3) Some of the Bush Stadium seats will go up throughout the city, in partnership with IndyGo as PUPstops. Only 47 out of 4,000 IndyGo bus stops have any seating amenity. People for Urban Progress aims to double that.

“When PUP wanted to meet with us about improving transit stops in the community, the conversation led to the possibility of using Bush Stadium seats and the excitement levels just escalated,” says Samantha Cross, director of business development for IndyGo. “Not only will these seats provide a comfortable resting place for transit riders, they will also become a form of repurposed public art.”

Installed Stops: (VIDEO: New PUPstops Installed!)

  • Broad Ripple Avenue at Ossip – Route 17
  • Meridian Street at Ivy Tech – Routes 18, 38, 39
  • Shelby Street at the Garfield Park Library – Route 22
  • 86th Street at Kroger near the Monon Trail – Route 18

“We are so thrilled to be able to salvage a piece of Indianapolis history with this project and we welcome additional community support to assist us with this project,” says Bricker. “Bush Stadium has a rich history, so being able to display those well-known yellow and orange seats is a real win for our community.”

An individual or company can sponsor a bus stop, bringing in Bush Stadium seating to some of the current transit stops. Certain restrictions apply as to stop feasibility and permits from the City of Indianapolis. Interested parties can go to for more information.

People for Urban Progress (PUP) is primarily a volunteer-led non-profit organization operating out of Downtown Indianapolis. PUP is an innovation center and do-tank that develops projects that enhance the city’s urban quality of life. We operate at the intersection of transit, environment and design using both projects and products to engage, educate, and motivate the public. More simply we are making small things to make big change – turning ideas into impact.