Sports memorabilia can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Equipment, jerseys, and even towels used by players are often collected and sold throughout the various sports around the world. The extent can reach all the way to where the sport was played. Before Three Rivers was imploded, seats, turf, and other architectural elements were auctioned for those who held that stadium in a special place in their yinzer hearts. It all makes sense for this gathering of nostalgia. However, I don’t think I would ever see the day when a current functioning stadium would auction off old turf after it has been replaced by new. But, that’s exactly what is happening in Detroit, and there are probably some Steeler fans (and players) out there who would want to grab a piece of history.
Zac Snyder of FanSided’s SideLion reports that Ford Field is selling the old turf that was just replaced. Since opening in 2002, the field has seen a slug of Bowl games – specifically the Motor City/Little Caesar’s Bowl – and of course all those Detroit Lion games. The most important event to take place there in it’s 10 year history for the NFL and in the interest of Steeler Nation would be Super Bowl XL.
The Steelers played in their 6th Super Bowl in franchise history and won their 5th overall at Ford Field. Many special circumstances surrounded that game – it was Jerome Bettis’ last game before retiring, a Super Bowl in his home town, and Big Ben’s first Super Bowl trip in only his second year to name a few. The Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks that evening, and Hines Ward named Super Bowl MVP.
If I had to guess, I would say that there is certainly one player who would want to buy a chunk of that old turf. Even though Bettis ran for 43 yards in that game and failed to score any TD’s, Bettis is originally from Detroit. That’s a pretty special piece of history for the right price. The Lions are only fielding (pun intended? how well do you know me?) interest right now – probably to gauge demand and therefore $$$$. I’m sure a bunch of Steeler players will want a piece of the field. And no doubt there’s a ton of Steeler Nation that wouldn’t mind forking over the cash to have a piece of Steeler and Super Bowl history. Is that a piece of the endzone where Hines Ward landed after doing that leap into the endzone? You won’t hear me arguing any differently. The only thing that would ruin the experience for me is knowing that the Rolling Stones performed a terrible halftime show on my piece of field.
If you are interested in buying a piece of Ford Field from Super Bowl XL, you can go to their site here, and fill out a form. Good luck!