Cost to Build- 55.7 Million
Time to Build- 22 months
Home to- Detroit Lions 1975-2001, Detroit Pistons 1978-1988, Michigan Panthers (USFL) 1983-1984, Detroit Express (NASL) 1978-1980, NCAA Cherry Bowl (1984-1985, Super Bowl XVI, FIFA World Cup (1994), NCAA Motor City Bowl 1997-2001, Wrestlemania III (1987), NBA All Star Game (1979), and the NBA Finals (1988)
Club Level Seating- 7,384
Luxury Suites- 102
Surface- Astroturf 1975-2005, Field Turf 2005
Owner- Andreas Apostolopoulos Family Triple Investment Group
The Pontiac Silverdome will be remembered as a great football stadium, not so much for their longest tenant, the Detroit Lions, but for Detroit area football fans, and sports fans in general. In 1981 it became the first Northern NFL Stadium to host a Super Bowl. Also that year it hosted the first ever car crush by the Original Monster Truck Big Foot. Over the years it hosted many events and sports teams, but almost none of its glory came from the team for which it was built.
The Detroit Lions moved to the stadium in 1975, mostly to get away from the poor conditions playing outdoors at Tiger Stadium. It was the first time in the history of the Lions that they had their own stadium.
The brainchild of C. Don Davidson the structure was originally called the Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium, however given its unique Silver roof Detroit area sports fans took to calling it the Silverdome. For years it was the largest NFL stadium with a capacity of over 80 thousand.
Lions fans remember two games in particular when talking about the history of the Silverdome. The First came in 1991 with a drumming of the Dallas Cowboys in a divisional playoff game. The Lions won the game 38-6, and it was the last playoff game won by the organization (circa2010).
The other game was the final game of the 1997 regular season against the New York Jets. While the Lions won the game 13-10, the real story was RB Barry Sanders rushing for 184 yards to break the 2,000 season total and end up with 2,053 rushing yards for the season.
Many Lions fans have found memories of attending or watching Lions games at this stadium on Thanksgiving day. My favorite Thanksgiving day game came in 1994, when the Buffalo Bills were defeated 35-21. The two most memorable plays from that game, I got to watch from the upper most row of seats in one end zone was the 51 yard flea flicker pass from Dave Kreig to Herman Moore, and the 28 yard interception return for a score by Willie Allen in the fourth quarter.
Notable crowds in Silverdome History:
1. 93,682 people watched Pop John Paul II perform a Catholic Mass
2. 93,173 people were in attendance for Wrestlemania III
3. 76,229 fans saw Led Zeppelin in 1975
4. 75,962 fans saw The Who also in 1975
5. The Detroit Pistons also set many NBA Attendance records in their ten years there including 41,732 fans at the NBA finals which remains a NBA record
As a fan who attended three of these events, the Silverdome holds a special place in my heart. It was also the place were I saw my first Monster Truck event, attended my first pro football game, and pro basketball game. I for one am glad to have the Silverdome back, and cannot wait to take my son to some events there.
• Detroit Lions
• Detroit Pistons
• Michigan Panthers
• The Stadiums of Detroit
• Silverdome to reopen with Monster Truck event in April
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