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Miniart Models. Model Power. Model Rectifier. Modeling Books AK-Interactive. Moebius Model. Monster Jam. Motor Max. The millions of dollars invested by the new owners were needed to bring The Silverdome back to a safe and clean facility.
The property fell into disrepair brought on by the city's financial crises, and The City of Pontiac's inability to afford to spend the necessary capital investments it required. The Pontiac Silverdome reopened in and hosted many events, including soccer matches, concerts, HBO championship boxing, monster truck shows and many more. The harsh Michigan weather eventually got the best of the aging venue, and in an excessive amount of snow caused a portion of the antiquated roof system to tear.
The Pontiac Silverdome's roof issues dated back to the s with a long list of weather related problems. The Pontiac Silverdome's uniqueness was also its downfall. As one of the last air supported football stadiums left, the inability to find a qualified company capable enough to repair the damaged roof, paired with the financial woes of the city, and the city's inability to pay for police, emergency services and road maintenance, the decision to close the facility for good was decided in The owners later auctioned the stadium's contents in and for a few years the parking lot was home to tens of thousands of recalled Volkswagen vehicles.
Inthe Silverdome owner decided to tear down the closed facility and had commissioned Adamo Demolition Girls + Boys - Various - Monster Jam 4 (1994) (CD) the demolition. The upper ring of the stadium, which had supported the roof structure, was imploded on December 4,after a failed attempt the previous day. For the World Cup matches, a natural grass surface capable of growing inside the dome was developed and installed by a team from Michigan State University.
It was the first time that World Cup games were played indoors. On March 29,the World Wrestling Federation 's WrestleMania III established the record for attendance of 93, the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America. After the roof had been collapsed and the stadium abandoned, Red Bull produced a video of BMX rider Tyler Fernengel riding inside the Silverdome in The idea of a major sports complex was part of a dream of C.
Don Davidson, a Pontiac native and star high school athlete. He returned to Pontiac in and was shocked to see the deterioration of the city of Pontiac and its lack of a future plan. Davidson embarked upon what would eventually become an obsession for him to see his beloved city succeed.
Inhe was hired as a professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Detroit under the direction of Bruno Leon. As part of an ongoing, comprehensive study by his architecture class on urban renewal for the city of Pontiac, Davidson met with various city and state authorities including William Clay Fordowner of the Detroit Lions, to discuss the possibility of a new stadium, made it a college class project to find a suitable site for a new stadium and even started his own weekly newspaper known as The Pontiac Times to help promote his vision.
After much controversy and sparring with Detroit city officials, Pontiac was chosen over several other sites including the Michigan Fairgrounds, Walled Lake and the Detroit Riverfront as the best place for construction of what would become known as the Pontiac Silverdome. Davidson was pleased to see a part of his vision for the city of Pontiac accomplished in the building of the 80,seat sports complex.
It contained luxury suites and 7, club seats. It sometimes incorporated the arrowhead emblem from its namesake General Motors division into its own logo. The original silver-like roof was built of Teflon-coated fiberglass panels, and supported by air pressure inside the stadium.
Although the roof has always been white in color as viewed with the naked eye, the stadium obtained the name "Silverdome" which it would officially take on in due to a silver-like reflection caused by the Sunmainly noticed from the sky. Initially, however, the stadium also went by its shortened nickname of PonMetbut that nickname was disliked by Pontiac city commissioners.
The repairs were necessitated by a collapse of the original roof around noon EST on March 4, Heavy, wet snow accumulated on the southwest corner of the dome and depressed the fabric panels low enough so that the fabric came in contact with a steel lighting catwalk that was positioned just below the inner lip of the roof's ring beam. The hole caused a loss of air pressure and the Dome deflated slowly — there were no injuries. The shift from a "dome" to "bowl" caused all the heavy, wet snow to slide down into the bowl and rupture more roof panels, collapse some precast risers in the SW upper deck, and dislodge more plastic seats " Repair operations began immediately but were interrupted for over a week due to high winds.
During the high winds event nearly all Girls + Boys - Various - Monster Jam 4 (1994) (CD) the remaining panels in the deflated roof, in all, were badly damaged. The decision was made to replace the entire roof and incorporate some improvements to prevent a similar event from occurring in the future.
The repairs were completed and the dome re-inflated at noon on May 28, A thunderstorm passed through the Pontiac area the morning the Dome was to be re-inflated and a partial inflation, or "puff", was performed so that the scheduled inflation could occur in the presence of the many city and area politicians as well as a number of corporate executives. The original-style, Teflon-coated fiberglass material was used to make the repairs — not canvas as described in the article.
There were several snow-melting and waterproofing improvements that kept the dome inflated until January 2, — almost 28 years. Another notable audience attendance record had earlier been broken on April 30,when the English rock band Led Zeppelin played in front of 76, fans at the Silverdome. This was, at the time, a new world record attendance for a solo indoor attraction, beating the 75, that The Who attracted there on December 6, Boston, January 29, ; Playoffs, 41, vs.
Lakers, June 16, The Silverdome was also the home to many marching band activities and events, including the Michigan Competing Band Association State Marching Band Championships untilthe Bands of America Regional championships from toand the Bands of America Grand National Championships in and Following its reopening, the Silverdome was host to theand Bands of America Pontiac Regional Championship.
The Lions moved from the Silverdome to Ford Field after the end of their season. Despite being the Lions' home for 27 seasons, the day of the last home game, January 6,was marked by a noticeable absence of nostalgia among the fans as well as the players. Plans were also mooted for a Windsor -based Canadian Football League team which could have used the dome for possible playoff games, but that team also did not materialize. After the Lions relocated, activity in the Silverdome dropped drastically; however, it still staged some events.
Annually, Jehovah's Witnesses used the Silverdome from the late s to After the Lions' departure, the city of Pontiac began to experience several years of serious financial problems. Due to the continued high maintenance costs of the structure, it made several unsuccessful attempts to sell the stadium.
In the March 11,edition of the Detroit Free PressApostolopoulos vowed "to revive the stadium as a big-event venue by investing millions of dollars". The Silverdome re-opened on April 17,with a monster truck event.
Milan and Panathinaikos F. In Marchthe owners announced that they would be auctioning off the contents of the facility, including seats and fixtures.
In DecemberCleveland-based photographer Johnny Joo captured the Silverdome in a state of abandonment, showing destruction caused by the roof collapse. Afterwards, in Octoberit was announced that the Silverdome would be demolished in the Spring ofand the area would be part of an Oakland County mixed-use development. Demolition was then scheduled for December 3, The dome owner and the city were in conflict over the condition of the dome and the cars in the lot.
Inthe Silverdome was condemned and cleared for demolition. Workers had been on the site for the past few months before main power feeds were disconnected preparing the Silverdome for demolition, including completing environmental remediation, universal waste removal and tearing out transite asbestos panels that were used in a majority of the suites around the perimeter of the dome; though not without a few local trespasser visits to explore the place leading up to the demolition.
On September 18 and 19,four power feeds were disconnected, officially starting the final preparation process for demolition. The demolition of the Silverdome was to commence on December 3, with a partial implosion of the upper deck, followed by an excavation of the building from the inside out. Due to a wiring issue, eight of the explosive charges failed to detonate, preventing the stadium from imploding as planned.
A second attempt was successful the next day. While Adamo could not pinpoint the exact cause of the issues, they did note that trespassers had been seen on the property a couple of days prior to the first attempt. Demolition officials stated that final filling and grading operations of the former Silverdome site were expected to be completed by the end of November In Septemberthe City of Pontiac announced that Amazon was going to develop the Silverdome site into both a distribution facility and delivery center.
The delivery center is targeted to open in the second half ofwith the distribution center being operational in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Silverdome. For other uses, see Silverdome disambiguation. Former stadium in Pontiac, Michigan. Andreas Apostolopoulos Triple Investment Group. AstroTurf — FieldTurf — August 23,  April 17, . Don Davidson. This section does not cite any sources.
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