AKRON, Ohio - The Rubber Bowl has been a part of Akron's history since it was built 1939, but has sat empty for the last five years.
Earlier this year, the University of Akron sold the old horseshoe-shaped building to Team1 Marketing Group out of Canton.
The new owners plan to breathe new life into the facility. Sean Mason, president of Team1, said they plan for a full renovation, but the first step is clear out all of the old contents.
An auction is planned for Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Rubber Bowl. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and the auction is set to start at 11 a.m.
Mason said everything must go. The seats, the scoreboard, old signs, the stadium lights, everything down to the bathroom sinks will be up for auction. Basically, if it is not concrete, you can bid on it.
"We had calls about if we wanted to maybe section off little pieces of the field off where people can take them as memorabilia,” Mason said. "So that is something, you know, depending how things go, we may consider that also."
Mason said his group is working with the new management of the USFL, in an attempt to bring a professional football team called Akron Fire to the Rubber Bowl.
In addition, Mason said they plan to bring other entertainment to the facility, everything from concerts, MMA fighting to boxing.
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