The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the 40-year-old Pontiac Silverdome will meet the wrecking ball sometime in 2016. The former home to the Detroit Lions and Pistons has been empty for years, and when developers failed to sell the derelict stadium for their $29 million ask—some 50 times the $583K they paid for the Silverdome in 2009—they decided they'd have better luck moving the property as vacant land.
Detroiters all have their Silverdome stories of concerts, seeing the Pistons, tailgating outside of Lions games. We'll have more about the demolition and redevelopment plans as they're announced. Till then, we leave you with a video from this summer of BMX star and Michigan native Tyler Fernengel using the abandoned arena in spectacular fashion. The voiceover, while cheesy, gives a sense of the place and what it meant.
·Pontiac Silverdome to meet wrecking ball [Detroit Free Press]
·Investment Group Looks to Make Insane Profit on Deflated Silverdome [Curbed Detroit]