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Old W.Va. stadium parts find new life across U.S.

Photo by Stephen Huba ALL THAT REMAINS — Goal posts and stadium seating beams are practically all that’s left from the demolition of Newell Memorial Field.
Photo by Stephen Huba
ALL THAT REMAINS — Goal posts and stadium seating beams are practically all that’s left from the demolition of Newell Memorial Field.

By STEPHEN HUBA

For The Weirton Daily Times

NEWELL, W.Va. — Like family mementos sold at a garage sale, parts of Newell Memorial Field are finding their way to new homes in faraway places and for sometimes unusual purposes.

The visitors’ side bleachers and press box recently were shipped to a private school in Lafayette, La., that purchased the equipment. The scoreboard was bought by a Milwaukee-based production company that wants to use it in a Coca-Cola commercial, said Jeff Cahill, of Dallas, Texas, who bought the stadium equipment from Juszczak Development.

“They want to repaint it, make it look really old, like from the ’50s, and use it for a commercial,” Cahill said.

Most recently, Cahill listed the home bleachers on the website UsedBleachers.com hoping for a buyer. Cahill, who owns a Cadillac dealership in Dallas and frequently lists used bleachers on the website, is listing the Newell stadium seating for $95,000.

“These are elevated bleachers great for football, soccer or rodeo stadiums,” the listing said. “Has very heavy-duty galvanized frames and all-aluminum seats.”

Although the bleachers are sold as-is, the Newell seating will need a lot of work before it is usable, Cahill said. For that reason, he expects to find a non-school buyer – a racetrack, a rodeo or some other private facility, he said…

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