The new owner of the Pontiac Silverdome
wants to sell you a whole seat to one of its new sporting and
entertainment events, but thinks you’ll only need the edge.
Sports & Entertainment plans to host 6-8 events this year at the
82,000-seat stadium and former home to the Detroit Lions. More events in
the next year or two are expected to be announced soon.
first event will harken back to a spectacle that has helped make the
Silverdome locally famous – a monster truck rally. “Domination in the
Dome ” will feature monster trucks like Big Foot and freestyle motocross
races on April 17. Tickets are available at the box office and by
Sports & Entertainment, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Triple Group,
bought the Silverdome last year for a little more than $500,000. It has
since made some upgrades and repairs and plans to invest even more in
the near future.
The Silverdome was opened in 1975 and has
hosted a wide variety of events, ranging from a visit from Pope John
Paul II to Wrestlemania III. It primarily served as the home of the
Detroit Lions until the NFL team moved to Ford Field in downtown
Detroit. It also served as the home to the Detroit Pistons before the
NBA team moved to the Palace of Auburn Hills, and even hosted a FIFA
World Cup game.
The city of Pontiac has struggled to find a
solution to what to do with the stadium after the Lions left early this
decade. Numerous redevelopment proposals started and stalled until the
city fell into receivership and sold it at auction last year
Triple Sports & Entertainment
Writer: Jon Zemke