When the Pontiac Silverdome was built for $US55 million in 1975, it hosted some 80,000 Detroit Lions fans every Sunday.
Recently 19-year budding BMX rider and Michigan native Tyler Fernengel used the dilapidated structure to make a video for Red Bull. The venue is currently for sale for $US30 million. The group that owns it sold off things like “end-zone turf, scoreboards and copper wiring” at an auction last year, the Detroit Free Press reports, leaving the building essentially empty. The images of Fernengel’s high flying session depict a stark contrast between the energy of youth and the ghosts of a forgotten past.
Here are the jarring photos of Fernengel’s session, courtesy of Red Bull:
Fernengel, who’s from Detroit, told RedBull.com that the stadium is like a war zone:
“The last time I was inside the Silverdome was nine years ago — at the last amateur Supercross race I attended when I was 10. When I showed up to scope for the shoot, so many memories were coming back. Just sitting in the tunnel — where you come out on the track and where the players would run out — I remembered sitting there, years ago, with my dad and all the other kids. It brought back a lot of good memories. Being out on the field, it was crazy to think that there once was a motorcycle track there, every year, with all the fans, but now it’s nowhere near the same — it’s like a war zone.”
Watch the full video of Fernengel’s session here:
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