The Silverdome was once a very popular venue hosting such sporting events like the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, and the World Cup. They also hosted concerts by Elvis, Metallica, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. Also, don't forget that this stadium even had a visit from The Pope!
This is what the Silverdome looked like when it was operational.
And here is what it looks like today. That is quite the difference. Notice there is no longer a dome. We will touch on that later.
The Pontiac Silverdome was finally completed in 1975 and cost a total of $55.7 million!
But in 2009, they decided to auction it off for a mere $583,000. Wow, that's quite a price difference compared to how much it cost to build. This is also located in a city where they are buying people houses so they move there, residents are getting their water shut off for no reason, and people are literally selling their homes for nothing more than an iPhone 6 Plus.
In 1988, they even hosted an NBA playoff game between the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics. Attendance for that game was 60,000 people. Hard to believe that a venue that used to hold that many people, could just close and all but disappear.
In 1982, the San Francisco 49ers won a Super Bowl in the Pontiac Silverdome.
And in 1994, the World Cup was played here. This game was a little special because it was the first ever indoor game played at the World Cup.
But now, the dome is no longer there. It is now an accidental outdoor stadium that looks like a completely abandoned mess.
They had originally removed the dome for some renovations, but the weather changed that.
While the dome was removed, a winter storm came along making it impossible for the original dome to be put back into place.
In the luxury boxes, you will now find moss and grass instead of people cheering.
At least the hot sauce has survived all of this time. I wonder what other food items were left behind.
But instead of being a place of beauty, competitiveness, and champions, it's a place of rotting rooms, ceilings, and floors.
Earlier this year, the stadium owners were offering stadium chairs for only $100 a piece
In October of 2014, there were talks of some big changes coming to the Pontiac Silverdome.
But not much has been done other than some minor work here and there.
They planted some trees in the parking lot. I'm not sure how that is going to revive this stadium, but I guess every little bit counts.
But nothing more has really happened. It still has moss growing inside. It's still abandoned, and nothing is being done to revitalize this once iconic stadium.