Pontiac Silverdome


Pontiac Silverdome

Infobox_Stadium
stadium_name = Pontiac Silverdome
nickname = The Silverdome, The Dome


location = 1200 Featherstone Road
Pontiac, Michigan 48342
broke_ground = September 19, 1973
opened = August 23, 1975
closed = As of August 2008
owner = The City of Pontiac
operator = Pontiac Stadium Building Authority
surface = AstroTurf (1975-2005)
FieldTurf (2005-2006)
construction_cost = $55.7 million
architect =
former_names = Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium (1975)
tenants=Detroit Lions (NFL) (1975–2001)
Detroit Pistons (NBA) (1978–1988)
Michigan Panthers (USFL) (1983–1984)
Detroit Express (NASL) (1978–1980)
Cherry Bowl (NCAA) (1984–1985)
Motor City Bowl (NCAA) (1997–2001)
seating_capacity = 80,311
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The Pontiac Silverdome is a domed stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, a satellite city of Detroit. It hosted the Detroit Lions of the NFL from 1975–2001, the Detroit Pistons of the NBA from 1978–1988, the Michigan Panthers of the USFL from 1983–1984, the college football Cherry Bowl in 1984 and 1985 and Motor City Bowl from 1997 until 2001, the MHSAA football state finals from 1976–2004, and four first-round games during the 1994 World Cup.

For the World Cup games, a natural grass surface capable of growing inside the dome was developed and installed by a team from Michigan State University. [http://www.athleticturf.net/athleticturf/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=308153] This grass surface was laid upon wooden pallets atop the artificial turf that is usually used. It was the first time that World Cup games were played indoors.

The Silverdome also hosted the 1979 NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XVI on January 28, 1982, and the 1988 and 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Midwest Regionals. In 1987, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass there. Elvis Presley also performed a concert there in 1975, and had vowed to play there every other year. Unfortunately, the 1977 show never happened due to his untimely death. On March 29, 1987, the World Wrestling Federation's WrestleMania III established the largest indoor attendance record for a sporting event, with a crowd of 93,173 in attendance.cite web|url= http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCO/is_3_5/ai_108049489/pg_2|title=Interview: Randy Savage|last=Yandek|first=Chris| publisher=Wrestling Digest|accessdate=2007-10-14|month=October | year=2003] cite web|url= http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCO/is_4_4/ai_94123536|title=The main events: ladies and gentlemen, may we present the 25 most memorable matches in the last 25 years|last=Eck|first=Kevin|publisher=Wrestling Digest|accessdate=2007-10-14|month=December | year=2002] cite book|title=Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s|first=Brian|last=Shields|publisher= Simon and Schuster|pages=pp. 26|year=2006|isbn=1416532579] cite book|title=The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling|last=Loverro|first=Thom|publisher=Simon and Schuster|year=2006|isbn=1416510583]

On July 15, 1994, English rock band Pink Floyd performed their classic album The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for the first time since 1975. They played two shows on what turned out to be the band's final North American tour in 1994 in support of their album The Division Bell.

History

Conception

The decision to build a domed stadium in Pontiac took place after a late-season football game at Tiger Stadium resulted in a half-dozen pairs of shoes being lost beneath the muddy surface and not recovered until the next spring. Completed in 1975 (as the Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium, or PonMet Stadium for short) at a cost of $55.7 million, the Silverdome seated 80,311. It contained 102 luxury suites and 7,384 club seats.

Original silver roof

The original silver roof was built of Teflon-coated fiberglass panels, and supported by air pressure inside the stadium (anyone who has attended an event at the Silverdome is familiar with the ear-popping "wind tunnel" effect at the entrances). The roof was replaced by a new canvas fabric reinforced by steel girders after a freak spring snowstorm on March 4, 1985 caused structural damage to the old roof. Because of the damage, the Detroit Pistons played the remainder of the 1984–85 season at Cobo Arena. The Pistons won the last game they ever played in the Silverdome, which was Game 5 of the 1988 NBA Finals, where they took a 3–2 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers before losing in seven games.

Noise

Being one of the largest stadiums in the NFL and also a domed stadium, the Silverdome was known for the extremely loud noise that the fans were capable of producing when the stands were filled.

Notable audience attendance numbers

The largest crowd to ever gather at the Silverdome for an event was 93,682 for a visit and Mass by Pope John Paul II in 1987. The second largest crowd was on March 29, 1987 for WrestleMania III, with a reported attendance of 93,173. Another notable audience attendance record had earlier been broken on April 30, 1977, when English rock band Led Zeppelin played in front of 76,229 fans at the Silverdome. This was at the time a new world record attendance for a solo indoor attraction, beating the 75,962 that The Who attracted there in December 1975.

Marching band activities and events

The Silverdome was also the home to many marching band activities and events, including the Michigan Competing Band Association State Marching Band Championships until 2005, the Bands of America Regional championships from 2003 to 2005, and the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 1987 and 1988.

Usage after Lions' move to Ford Field

The Lions moved to Ford Field at the beginning of the 2002 NFL season. When the World Hockey Association (WHA) tried to re-introduce itself, the new WHA Detroit team was slated to play their home games at the Silverdome. 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 some usage was still present. Annually, Jehovah's Witnesses used the Silverdome from the late 1970s to 2004. Due to talk of renovation in 2004, the Witnesses opted to travel to The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, and the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio for their District Conventions. [http://www.jw-media.org/region/americas/usa/english/releases/events/usa_e040302.htm]

The Silverdome was the brief home to the Drive-in movies. Opening in 2003 with two screens, a third screen was later added. The Silverdome Drive In ran in the summers of 2003–2005. The Drive In opened for a short stint in 2006, but as of 2008 it is closed.

The Silverdome was used for Monster Jam on January 7, 2006. It was also used as a practice facility for the AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl XL, with the NFL adding FieldTurf, which was later donated to a local high school. There was also a celebrity flag football game that Saturday which served as the last football event ever at the Silverdome. The Monster Truck BIGFOOT made its first public exibit of car crushing ever at the Dome.

Many attempts to sell the Silverdome have failed, however it was reported on July 10, 2008 that the Pontiac City Council had voted 4–2 to approve the $20 million sale of the arena to help solve the city's financial issues. [ [http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/METRO/802080398 Second attempt to deal Silverdome falls through ] ] [ [http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080711/METRO/807110403 Council approves sale of Silverdome ] ]

ee also

*Metro Detroit
*Sports in metropolitan Detroit
*Tourism in metropolitan Detroit

References

succession box
title = Home of
Detroit Lions
years = 1975–2001
before = Tiger Stadium
after = Ford Field
succession box
title = Host of the
NBA All-Star Game
years = 1979
before = Omni Coliseum
after = Capital Centre
succession box
title = Host of
Super Bowl XVI
years = 1982
before = Louisiana Superdome
after = Rose Bowl
succession box
title = Home of the
Detroit Pistons
years = 1978–1988
before = Cobo Arena
after = The Palace of Auburn Hills
succession box
title = Host of
Bands of America
Grand National Championship
years = 1987–1988
before = Hoosier Dome
after = RCA Dome
succession box
title = Host of
Motor City Bowl
years = 1997–2001
before = first Stadium
after = Ford Field
succession box
title = Host of
WrestleMania III
years = 1987
before = Nassau Coliseum
Rosemont Horizon
L.A. Sports Arena
after = Trump Plaza


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