- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Anyone who wants a souvenir, or maybe a walk-in freezer, from Lincoln’s idle Pershing Center will soon be able to buy it.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1KcdvUk ) that the city is getting ready to sell nearly everything it can from the old arena, which closed last fall after hosting sporting events, concerts and other large gatherings for nearly six decades.

Fred McCoy is closing down the building where he’s worked for 36 years. He said nearly everything will be for sale at bigiron.com starting in mid-January.

The sale includes the basketball court that was installed in 1983 where countless high school playoff games were played. The video board is also for sale, as are the desks and chairs from offices, about 2,000 folding chairs and the arena seats.

The city hopes to sell as many of the seats as possible, but the fact that they are secured from the back instead of the floor could make that harder. “You have to have a wall to attach them to,” he said.

One of the few exceptions is the grand piano, which will move to the new Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The sale closes Feb. 11, but buyers have to pick up whatever they buy themselves. The arena will be open on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 so buyers can inspect items.

But until the auction wraps up, the city is trying to save money by setting the boilers to 40 degrees and keeping the lights off.

“We’re trying to save as much as we can save, without letting the building freeze up,” McCoy said.

The Pershing Center, which opened in March 1957, was built for about $2.5 million on land purchased from the local school district. It was named in honor of Gen. John Pershing.

It was replaced by the new Pinnacle Bank Arena that opened in 2013.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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