Those of you who have been following football for more than 15 years likely remember the old home of the Detroit Lions, the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
— NAPC PRO (@napcpro) November 9, 2017
That’s the Silverdome in all its former glory.
I actually came across this video a few months back that goes into the history of the Silverdome and how it went from being one of the premiere stadiums in the NFL to a totally decrepit eyesore. I was enthralled, and maybe you will be too:
Can you imagine seeing all the bands mentioned in that video in such a setting? And could you imagine buying it for 0.2% of what it cost to build?! It’s a very informative and entertaining video that leads up to the preliminary steps of demolition.
Today was the day that the Pontiac Silverdome was scheduled to be imploded. Given the history of the building, however, it’s not surprising THAT didn’t really go to plan either… Check out video from this morning:
As you can see, the explosions went off… And then nothing.
Here’s an aerial view:
According to Global News, the demolition company says that the Silverdome could still fall at some point, but its hard to say when. They also said that about 10% of the charges didn’t go off, and that crews are investigating wiring that may or may not have been faulty. Though if you ask this guy who was videotaped at the scene… It all worked as planned and now we just need to wait for gravity to do its thing:
Also a good opportunity for Mayor Dierdre Waterman to proclaim that the resilience of the Silverdome structure is symbolic of the resilience of the community of Pontiac. Who wants to bet it doesn’t collapse at all, though?