After 40 years, the former stadium of the Detroit Lions will be torn down this spring, according to The Detroit News.
The massive building cost AUD$77 million (US$55.7 million) to build when it was first constructed back in 1975. It hosted Super Bowl XVI in 1982, a Michael Jackson Victory Tour concert in 1984, the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and the legendary Wrestlemania III in 1987.
But by 2002, the Detroit Lions had moved into Ford Field in downtown Detroit and the Silverdome was abandoned.
Since then, it’s been used only sporadically and suffered major damage after a 2013 winter storm destroyed its inflatable roof.
Photographer Johnny Joo gained access to the Silverdome back in 2014 and 2015. He toured the stadium with friends and shared his amazing pictures of the now-defunct building with Tech Insider.
The building was home to the Detroit Lions from 1975 until 2002 and to the Detroit Pistons from 1978 until 1988.
It's also been the location of a Super Bowl, a Michael Jackson concert, a 1987 mass conducted by Pope John Paul II, and the 1994 FIFA World Cup, just to name a few.
The Detroit Lions left for Ford Field in 2002. In 2009, the building was sold at auction to a private owner for $583,000.
In 2013, the building's inflatable roof was damaged during a winter storm. Scraps of the roof lay around the stadium today.
In addition, 19-year-old budding BMX rider and Michigan native Tyler Fernengel used the abandoned stadium to make a video for Red Bull.
The stadium is gutted after copper wiring, scoreboards, and other bits of memorabilia were all sold at an auction by the current owners.
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