The Abandoned Pontiac Silverdome – Look Inside [Video]
The Pontiac Silverdome; the sheer size, the silver domed roof that was visible in space, the powerful push of air as soon as you walked through the door, the incredible roar of record breaking audiences…look at it now.
How sad is this?
The Dome was built on 127 acres in the 1970’s, using 55.7 million dollars in public funds. The huge stadium was home for the Detroit Lions (1975-2001) and the Detroit Pistons for several years (1978-1988). It also drew record breaking crowds for concerts and events. 1987’s WrestleMania III had 93,173 fans in attendance. Led Zepplin, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, The Who, and Metallica have performed there, and who hasn’t seen at least one monster truck competition in the Silverdome? It’s hosted a Super Bowl (XVI) game, several NBA playoff games and Pope John Paul II celebrated mass there in 1987.
The Lions moved to Ford Field in 2002, and the roof was permanently deflated in 2013 as a cost cutting move.
The biggest stadium in the NFL at one time is now owned by a Canadian developer and his company, Triple Properties Inc. They paid just $580,000, a fraction of the $55.7 million it took to build it. Triple Properties has not yet announced their plans for the Dome.
An online auction to sell the rest of the building’s assets is planned for May 21. The public is invited to place bids for Silverdome memorabilia like the bright blue seats, a popcorn machine and a scoreboard. CLICK HERE for more information regarding the auction.
Detroit’s WDIV recently captured video of what the abandoned Silverdome looks like today.
Do you have a favorite memory of an event that you attended at the Pontiac Silverdome?