October 22, 2009

The Silverdome is for sale!

When the NFL's Detroit Lions moved out of the Silverdome in 2002, one of the largest stadiums in the world suddenly lost its purpose. The city of Pontiac continued to use it for events but I can imagine that the 80,000 seat stadium was probably more of a headache than a blessing.

They put it up for sale and nobody bit. Now it's up for auction with no minimum bid.

That's right, you could throw a dollar at the Silverdome and if nobody else bids, you would be the owner of this mammoth monument to the waste of American professional sports.

To walk into the huge structure that is the Silverdome can still take your breath away. With a seating capacity of 80,311, its still one of the largest in the world. The Silverdome was home to the National Football League’s Detroit Lions, the National Basketball Association’s Detroit Pistons and the United States Football League’s Michigan Panthers. It has seen major events such as Super Bowl 16 and the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

The dome established the largest indoor attendance record for a sporting event when Hulk Hogan met Andre the Giant in the World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania III. The Lion's franchise moved from the Silverdome in 2002 and while the Silverdome has had periodic and varied use since then, its owner, the City of Pontiac has chosen to auction the dome and the land it is on in an effort to stimulate development in their city.

Holy cow, how could you not bid on this thing? I think I'm throwing down a twenty for it...

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