NEW YORK - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York Mets announced that the sale of Shea Stadium seats will begin Monday, August 25 at 9:00 AM exclusively online at Fans and collectors worldwide will be able to purchase orange, blue, green, and red seats for $869 per pair. The limited inventory of seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Each seat pair will be authenticated by major league baseball’s authentication program and affixed with a tamper-proof hologram displaying a unique identification number.Mets season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase their particular seats before the August 25 general public sale. The sale of other Shea memorabilia on will expand to include seat backs and 45-inch sections of bench seating from Shea’s left field picnic area. Details regarding the sale of additional memorabilia will be announced later this season.

“Citi Field will serve as a fantastic new home for the Mets for decades to come, but fans will always remember Shea stadium and its magical moments – from the Amazins’ world series triumph in 1969 to game 6 in ’86 to, hopefully, a long, sweet October in 2008,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The Beatles played the first concert at Shea in 1965 and what better way to close it out than with Billy Joel and Paul McCartney on stage together 43 years later? The seat sale and subsequent memorabilia sale will provide fans a chance to own a part of that Shea stadium lore.”

Shea stadium seats are owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation; other stadium memorabilia is owned by the Mets, including clubhouse items such as player lockers. Through an agreement between the City and the team, the City will receive a majority of the proceeds of the sale of the entire collection of memorabilia. The Mets will donate their portion of proceeds to the Mets foundation, which will distribute the funds to various charities. The City’s proceeds from the sale will be deposited into the City’s general fund.

The removal of Shea stadium seating will take place within weeks of the Mets’ final home game, with the demolition of the stadium soon to follow. The metal frames containing the seats date back to Shea’s opening season in 1964. The original 55,300 wooden seats removed prior to the 1980 season, when they were replaced with the plastic seats in use today.