Although the friendly confines of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome are no longer, the pieces that once inhabited the Twins, Vikings, and Gophers stadium are slowly being auctioned off. One of the most notable features of the Metrodome was the polarizing bathroom staple, the trough style urinal.
Much to the delight of local sports talk figure, Phil Mackey, the troughs did well during public auction that concluded yesterday. These troughs littered the men’s restrooms throughout the dome and were constantly in use by many a beer guzzling fan. On Thursday, the bidding climbed to a staggering $375 and saw bids coming from everywhere across the United States.
Initially listed on local auction site, K-Bid, the troughs struggled to get going. Six pieces of the bathroom relief memrobilia were auctioned off in total, and were significantly aided once Reddit and Deadspin posted about the furniture. With the lowest tough selling for $260 and the highest going for $375, some lucky bidders got nostalgia at a reasonably affordable price.
The troughs have been the talk of local radio for months, and as soon as the Metrodome was confirmed to be no more, people started wondering what would happen to the metal apparatus that has since gone down in Vikings and Twins lore. Ideas have been thrown about as to what should be done with the troughs should the reach the open market as well.
Everything from bar type chairs to display pieces has been talked about, and while urine is sterile, it would seem to reason that a good amount of bleach and cleaning would need to go into each piece before entering its new owners home.
Whether you have been to the Metrdome or not, the trough urinal system was one of the more unique features of the building, and can almost assuredly be expected to not be featured in the Vikings new stadium. While the technology will cease to exist for now, six individuals now get the opportunity to own the talking piece forever.