After years of decay, the biggest event in the demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome will take place Sunday, December 3. A massive implosion is set to occur at 8:30 a.m., with remarks beforehand starting around 8:00.
The City of Pontiac is calling the event the final tailgate for the stadium, which hosted the Detroit Lions from 1975-2001. After the Lions moved to Ford Field, the Silverdome continued to host events on and off until it closed for good in early 2013. The roof collapsed shortly thereafter. In 2014, we shared some of photos of the doomed arena. Plans for demo have been in the works for years.
According to the Oakland Press, “The city of Pontiac and stadium’s owners, Toronto-based Triple Investment Group, signed a consent agreement to demolish the Silverdome over the summer. Pontiac’s Mayor Waterman has stated previously that the city and stadium’s owners have been reviewing new options from developers for the site since news of the demolition broke.”
If you’d like to witness the implosion in person, a public viewing area will be set up at the parking lot at the Oakland County Water Resource Commission site at 155 North Opdyke Road. The weather should be clear and cold on Sunday morning. If you’d rather watch from the comfort of home, the City of Pontiac will be streaming the event live on their Facebook page.
Let’s hope the cameras get a better view than the Weather Channel’s recent shot of the Atlanta’s recent Georgia Dome implosion.