Saints Fans Can Celebrate With Actual Sod From Super Bowl XLIV
A laughingstock no more, the New Orleans Saints are now NFL champions after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 21-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. And while there are many ways the team's fans and collectors can commemorate the victory, perhaps the most unique one is by owning a piece of the actual field used for the big game.
Stadium Associates is offering 3" by 3" chunks of the sod from Miami's Sun Life Stadium for $99.99. The sod is freeze-dried and contained in a UV-resistant glass case, complete with a photo of the field, facts about the game, the Super Bowl XLIV logo and the NFL hologram.
Saints fans can choose sod from either the New Orleans end zone or the 50-yard line, and if Colts fans want to remember what turned out to be a stunning loss for some reason, there are sections from the Indianapolis end zone available as well. A set with sections from all three parts of the field costs $249.99.
On top of those choices, Stadium Associates is producing Special Moments sod collectibles featuring the biggest plays from the game - like, say, Tracy Porter's interception return for a touchdown that sealed the win with just minutes to play. The company expects to use turf from 10 to 15 plays, which will be limited to 144 pieces each and sold for $134.99 starting on February 11.
Want an even bigger piece of the field? Stadium Associates also has plans to offer 1-foot and 2-foot squares of live sod that will be shipped later this year, intended to be installed into the buyer's own lawn. One dollar from every piece of Super Bowl sod will be donated to charities involved in relief efforts in Haiti.
Though game-used sod isn't the most well-known sports collectible, Stadium Associates has its eye on making it more common in the near future. The young business has a license to sell sod for all 30 MLB teams in 2010 - pre-orders are already possible for the Phillies and Yankees - and has already sold pieces of the field from this year's BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and Texas.
Orders can be placed for Super Bowl XLIV sod collectibles online at www.stadiumassociates.com.