Pontiac Silverdome demolition goes awry

Although the Pontiac Silverdome was scheduled to implode the stadium is still standing

Although the Pontiac Silverdome was scheduled to implode the stadium is still standing

In a way, this was the flawless metaphor for the Lions and their former home, the Pontiac Silverdome.

In March, a judge approved a deal between the city of Pontiac and the owner of the Pontiac Silverdome to get rid of the stadium.

The implosion was supposed be the first phase in a yearlong demolition, breaking metal beams used to keep the roof inflated.

Officials initally told WXYZ in Detroit that the explosive charges did their job and severed the steel support structure, but the stadium was "built a little too well". Next, the vertical beams surrounding the Silverdome would be broken when a small charge detonates, causing the steel ring to fall to the ground.

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There is conflicting information about what exactly happened during the planned implosion.

Several athletes and dignitaries were expected to be on-hand for the demolition.

The 82,000-seat stadium opened in 1975 at a cost of $55.7 million to taxpayers in Pontiac, a suburb of Detroit. The stadium, located about 30 miles north of Detroit, once hosted the Super Bowl, the Pistons, WrestleMania III, the World Cup and Pope John Paul II's visit.


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