ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Hundreds of Lobo fans--basketball fanatics in particular--grabbed their wallets and headed downtown late Friday for an auction that included a very big piece of Lobo hoops memorabilia.
The auction helping to fund University of New Mexico athletics and letting bidders pick up some nice loot in the deal tipped off Friday evening at the Hotel Albuquerque.
This is the prize catching all the attention: pieces of the Pit floor taken out over the last month as the famed University Arena gets a new basketball court.
It's been part of the Pit for the past decade and is likely to bring in the big bucks for the scholarship fundraiser this year.
"I don't want to guess and guess wrong, but we're hoping for a large amount," said Lobo Club Executive Director Lee DeLeon. "Last year we had a Lobo golf cart, which went for $8,000, which was our big-ticket item.
"So we're hoping this will replace that as the big-ticket item this year."
And it was bringing a top bid of $20,000.
Other big-ticket items include a Lobo jersey autographed Brian Urlacher, the former UNM football player who went on to play for the Chicago Bears.
The Lobo Club is expecting about 500 people to fill the room, and it's aiming to raise about $125,000. Last year, the event brought in $138,000.
The club reports the event exceeded expectations raising more than $180,000.
Those Pit floor pieces were sold together. They weigh about 400 pounds, so it'll probably take some rearranging if the buyer wants to put that up at home.
Tickets for the auction were $150, so the athletic department made some decent money right there.
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