36 haunting photos of an abandoned former NFL stadium in Detroit

DETROIT — For over 20 years, the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit hosted many iconic sporting events.

The NBA Finals and The Super Bowl were hosted at the iconic dome. Led Zeppelin, Pope John Paul II and Wrestlemania III were all highlights during the 20-year run at the dome.

Now, it’s nothing more than a massive, exposed and abandoned building.

Detroiturbex.com, an effort devoted to documenting abandoned Detroit landmarks, posted several photos of inside the abandoned landmark.

The stadium’s old fabric roof has collapsed, exposing the dome to weather. The seats will be torn out and sold for $90-$175 later this year, however suites and other items have been left inside the dome.

The Lions last played in the dome back in 2002. In 2006, the Silverdome was used by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a practice facility during Superbowl XL.

The last event at the dome was held in 2011.

A snow storm in 2012 damaged the roof, leaving the inside of the dome exposed to the elements for the past two years.

The dome was sold in 2009 for $583,000. The new owner had plans for a MLS franchise, but the plan, much like the roof, fell through.

Read more: Detroiturbex.com

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30 comments

  • stinger90

    I’m surprised that they would leave certain things abandon like that. Then again, it is Detroit.

    • parsonhenry1957

      Everything in that whole part of the state is a wast. Starting with city hall. It’s like a goast town. Thats okay why should you care, If you drive a rice burner your part of the problem. and you can not tell me that rice burners are better made cars. Their not. Toyota had more recalls than G.M.

      • Djdisturbed

        I drivea Honda civic that is made in the USA, the “American made” vehicles I had b4 it were all made in other countries… Explain that…

      • larataylor23

        Corrections: waste*, ghost*, That’s*, .*, Why*, ?*, you’re*, And*, cannot*, They’re*

        American made cars have not been superior to those of Asian-made companies for decades. GM is far over-priced for its quality.

      • YeahWhatever.

        Yes, and if we grew up in Michigan, we all know someone who worked for GM or Ford, who got paid a HUGE salary, to stand there and push a button repeatedly, all day long. Maybe that’s part of GM’s problem.

      • parsonhenry1957

        yes it was, along with the union. I lived there and call it my home, The unions make me sick, They had their time then they were needed to cut out the sweat shops. Our teachers still need a fair wage for the work they do. We trust them with our children, But our teachers need to start doing a better job.

      • parsonhenry1957

        The unions and the rice burners were the demise of Detroit. No Detroit is not a state, but Detroit is in a state, a very sad state. The unions had their purpose in the day of riding this country of sweat shops, something that still needs to be dun in some country’s.

      • DrivesaChevy

        That is the point Toyota admits to faulty assembly issue and progressively fixes it. GM charges it’s customers to repair it and back orders the part. Which one deserve s the confidence?

  • Paul

    “The seats will be torn out and sold for $90-$175″
    What? I’ll rent some penske trucks and haul them out for that.
    This is definitely incorrect information. All the seats won’t be old for that price, nor will individual seats. More worthless info….

  • Lions Blow

    There can’t be that many devoted Detroit Lions fans out there who will pay that for a rusty chair. They will be on sale forever!

    • Exactly

      I was wondering the same thing and I think I figured it out. GM had some recalls not from Detroit and some guy used to live there who is sick from unions. I think I nailed it.

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