Silverdome finally to be imploded on Sunday

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The Pontiac Silverdome continues to stand. But not for much longer.

The home of the Detroit Lions from 1975 through 2001 will be imploded on December 3, via abc15.com.

The 82,000-seat venue, which hosted Super Bowl XVI (49ers over Bengals), was also home to the Detroit Pistons from 1978 through 1988. Also, more than 93,000 crammed in to the venue more than 30 years ago for Wrestlemania III.

The venue was last used for football reasons more than a decade ago, when the Steelers practiced there in advance of Super Bowl XL. The Silverdome also was used for monster truck events, boxing matches, and international soccer as recently as 2010-11.

Two years ago, the now-dilapidated structure was available for $30 million.

14 responses to “Silverdome finally to be imploded on Sunday

  1. Sone sadness since I saw somw legends play here . . . Monsters Of Rock tour, 2 nights of mayhem. Metallica, Kingdom Come, Dokken, Scorpions, and Van Halen. Second night, Ted Nugent joined Van Halen on stage to play Led Zep’s ‘Rock and Roll’ for the encore. Great memories.

  2. The 93,173 is a McMahon number. Over the years, the more realistic figure for attendance at Wrestlemania 3 has been about 78,000. Still nothing to sneeze at. (Side note, Wrestlemania 30 in the Superdome, Hulk Hogan referred to it as “right here in the Silverdome, brother”)

    The only event I was able to see at Silverdome was Jets at Lions, 1997. Barry crosses over 2,000 yards.

    Iconic venue.

  3. Some good memories there – outside of Lions games, I was there for Wrestlemania 3 as well – but good riddance. Hopefully they can get some good developments in its place to help the city of Pontiac.

  4. Michael E, apparently you haven’t been paying attention to Detroit’s renaissance lately.

    And the value in 2009 was due to the state of the economy at the time, the condition the stadium was in, and the lack of drawing power it had due to the new stadium being downtown while the Silverdome was 40 minutes away from the city in Pontiac.

  5. judgementday says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Sone sadness since I saw somw legends play here . . . Monsters Of Rock tour, 2 nights of mayhem. Metallica, Kingdom Come, Dokken, Scorpions, and Van Halen. Second night, Ted Nugent joined Van Halen on stage to play Led Zep’s ‘Rock and Roll’ for the encore. Great memories.
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    I feel your pain, when the old Boston Garden came down it was torturous being able to view the gaping maw of destruction with an open view from Causeway St right down onto the floor where I had seen so many great things happen. That said I would couldn’t help but note there were no football memories on your list. I would imagine Lions fans would buy raffle tickets at a pretty good clip for a chance to push the button.

  6. The Ford Family and Lions sure fleeced the City of Pontiac and the Michigan Tax payers…into building the Stadium and then bailing out after 25 years to go back to Detroit. Tax money should never be used to build stadiums for billionaires!!!!!

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