Home to the Detroit Lions for 26 years, the Pontiac Silverdome has been placed on the housing market for $30 million.
With a seating capacity of over 82,000, the Pontiac Silverdome opened its doors in 1975 for the NFL’s Motor City franchise. The original cost to build the astroturf facility clocked in at $55.7 million. During the Pontiac Silverdome’s tenure as an NFL sanctuary, the Lions recorded a W-L record of 173-238 and featured future HOFer Barry Sanders.
While in operation, the stadium hosted Super Bowl 16, when Joe Montana’s San Francisco 49ers tangoed with Cris Collinsworth’s Cincinnati Bengals (SF 26 CIN 21). The venue also played host to Groups A and B of the 1994 World Cup — United States, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden, Brazil and Romania.
The last game to be officiated at Pontiac Silverdome featured the two squads that played at the Silverdome’s grand opening — Detroit and Dallas. Dallas allowed no points to Detroit in the first contest (W 21-0), but Detroit sought revenge and took the last game, 15-10, on January 2, 2002.
Since its “retirement” with the Lions in 2001, the dome hosted other sporting events, such as monster truck rallies and wrestling.
In its latest financial activity, the Silverdome’s 127 acres was purchased in 2009 at a cowardly $583,000 by Triple Investment Group.
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