Hundreds of people browsed through an empty-looking Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday morning and later attended a surplus auction of its used goods for all sorts of reasons.
Some were focused on acquiring items they could use in their businesses. Some were more casual, looking for things they could use around the house while a few were bargain- hunting. For others, the event was purely a nostalgia trip, recalling the excitement of Baylor football games before they moved to McLane Stadium.
Baylor was trying to get rid of as much material as possible through an auction organized by Clark Auction Co., throwing in a few other outmoded goods from the main campus.
Company manager Cori Madewell said this was Clark Auction Co.’s fourth auction for Baylor and the first one at an on-site venue. The university put 578 items on the block, many of them large pieces of furniture, food service equipment and sets of items officials did not want to have to move.
She estimated proceeds from the auction exceeded $100,000.
Gates opened for buyers to examine items at 8 a.m. The auction started three hours later. About 200 people had registered by 10:30 a.m., swelling to 285 by the day’s end, Madewell said.
Before company owner and auctioneer Robert W. “Robbie” Clark started his rapid-fire performance, he announced that Baylor officials decided late in the game to remove anything carrying the university logo from the auction block.
That disappointed at least one man, who did not want to give his name, who said he had come looking particularly for logo- emblazoned items.
It wasn’t an issue with most people. Joe Ambers of Morgan’s Point Resort was looking for anything he could use for gardening and for anything else he could get cheap and sell on the Internet.
“Sometimes some things will go really cheap,” he said.
Madewell said the auctioneer’s job includes keeping things zipping, averaging about 120 sales per hour.
Dominique Terrase of Speegleville plans to open a gym and wanted to buy any suitable exercise equipment previously used by university athletes. She said her planning is still in the early stages, but she didn’t want to miss a chance a get some good equipment at good prices.
Her mother, Donna Terrase, also of Speegleville, was in the market for “anything I might be able to use on my ranch.”
Gayle Avant, a retired Baylor political science professor, was almost alone under the bleachers perusing items too big to display in the labyrinthine rooms and corridors inside. Bidding had started, but he was there to remember all the years of good times in the stadium.
“I’m amazed at the variety of stuff that was in here,” he said, gesturing toward furniture, big-screen TV monitors and hot tubs. “I guess you’d have to be a dealer to be interested in a lot of it. But I came to games here for many years and just wanted to see some of it before it left.”
Waco Transit employee Allen Hunter was attending with others from Waco Construction Co., where he used to work.
“We’re just here to reminisce,” he said. “We built a lot of the facilities here — the skyboxes, the north end zone and other things. We’re mainly just here to watch. If I see something I don’t think I can do without, I might buy it. A lot of it doesn’t seem like it’s old enough to abandon.”