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Here's what happened when the lights went out in Motown

The Pontiac Silverdome has seen better days.
May 17th 2014, 1:50 PM 6,212 5

IT PLAYED HOST to Wrestlemania III and was the site for the first ever indoor FIFA World Cup game but since closing its doors, the once proud Pontianc Silverdome has fallen into a state of serious disrepair.

Untitled The view from the tunnel. Source:

Though it held a number of high profile events afterwards, the death knell for the venue came when the Detroit Lions, who had used it as their NFL base since 1975, moved to Ford Field in 2002.

Silverdome2 The field and deflated roof. Source:

It was sold in 2009 for just $583,000 having cost $57 million to complete in 1975.

Silverdome3 An executive box inside the stadium. Source:

Though there have been plans to re-establish it as venue, the roof was permanently deflated in 2013 and this is what it looks like today.

Silverdome4 The view from the roof of the Silverdome. Source:

See the full stadium tour here:


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