MU Stankowski Field turf sold at surplus auction

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | 6:39 p.m. CST
People gathered Wednesday at the MU Surplus Property Warehouse auction to see what treasures they could find during the sale of surplus goods.

COLUMBIA — Several attendees had ideas for the used turf.

Running his hand over the stiff yellow bristles, James Turner thought about what a great addition the artificial turf would make to his Missouri football game tailgating setup.

Similarly, Gabe Meyer imagined the various ways he could employ the green, gold and black pieces of turf in an art installation for the True/False Film Fest.

"I was thinking about it as some sort of covering for some surface somewhere," Meyer said.

But the surplus turf — Lot 74, stacked three feet high over eight cargo pallets, and on offer Wednesday at the MU Surplus Property Warehouse auction — won't be turned into art or tailgate decorations.

Guy Robert, a local show promoter, was the high bidder for the turf at Wednesday morning's auction. He estimates his $100 final bid netted him between 4,000 and 6,000 square feet of the Mondo turf, remnants from when Stankowski Field was resurfaced two years ago.

Diane Dahlmann, director of MizzouRec services and facilities, said the installer typically hauls off the remnants when the installation is complete, but in this case, they were asked to leave the angular, irregular-shaped pieces behind, just in case there was a use for them. After two years, MizzouRec finally decided to part with the pieces and sent them to the surplus warehouse, Dahlmann said.

Robert plans to use it to cover part of the Boone County Fairgrounds' arena in March during the 2013 Missouri Deer Classic and Outdoor Expo. Robert said he was quoted a fee of about $5,000 to cover the arena floor during the event, but his auction purchase should help him save a little on overhead costs.

"I got the whole lot of it, and we'll be able to cover a big part of the floor with that," Robert said. After his event, he said he might rent the bright floor coverings to other groups hosting events in the area.

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John Schultz January 17, 2013 | 11:08 a.m.

$100 seems like a bargain, so I'm wondering if he was bidding per pallet for $800 total?

I witnessed a similar event decades ago at the surplus warehouse. There were three pallets of artificial limbs from the the hospital or VA. Someone who had worked with those previously was there to bid on them, presumably for a side business. The auction price was per pallet, for all three pallets. Bidding commenced and was mainly between the person mentioned above and one of the regular curmudgeons, who just seemed to be bidding for bidding's sake. $10, $15, $20, back and forth, until the guy who actually wanted the pallets emphatically over-bid something like $200 and promptly shut up the curmudgeon.

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Michael Williams January 17, 2013 | 12:40 p.m.

JohnS: That ol' curmudgeon might have been there for the sole purpose of climbing the bid to a target....a plant, if you will.

Seen it happen elsewhere.

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