The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which owns Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium, has raised more than $45,000 (£34,600/€40,600) by auctioning off unneeded equipment from the venue.
The stadium, which serves as the home of the Minnesota Vikings NFL American football franchise, opened in 2016 and hosted the Super Bowl in 2018.
The stadium has accumulated some excess equipment and the MSFA has moved to tackle the issue by making a range of items available for the public through an online auction.
The auction took place last Tuesday and included items such as hot dog rollers, cocktail shakers and champagne flutes. The Minnesota Star Tribune newspaper notes that 106 individual bidders went away with items.
“On Tuesday, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority auctioned 540 lots of surplus stadium equipment including a pitching mound, baggie, and many concessions and catering items,” the MSFA said in a statement to TheStadiumBusiness.com.
“The public auction resulted in a total value of $45,815.60. The proceeds from the sale of the concessions and catering-related auctioned items will be deposited into the concession capital reserve account. The proceeds from the sale of the other auctioned items will be deposited into the capital reserve account.
“The sale originated from the stadium’s annual capital and concession planning process, where stadium partners refined the locations and offerings available to guests. An auction process was selected in order to maximise the value of excess inventory. The MSFA hired Grafe Auction Company for the project, a professional auctioneer from Spring Valley, MN.”