Minus the Roof
Down went the massive dome roof over Pontiac’s Silverdome Stadium as each 15,000 pound cable whipped down through seat after seat. Massive steel wire ropes went swinging through the stadium, slicing through the stands, causing destruction with the force of a bomb to butterfly wings, decimating concrete walls like they were nothing, knocking out entire sections of stairs and bending metal like a child angry with their Play-Doh. We could see where the wires cut through, as they had created a straight line unhindered by any obstacle standing in their path.
The idea of a grand stadium for Michigan was proposed in 1966 with urban planner Don Davidson acting as partial designer and architect on the project. The Pontiac Silverdome Stadium was built for $55.7 million, completed and opened in 1975. Architects O’Dell, Hewlett and Luckenbach acted as the dome’s main architects, fashioning the design after the Ancient Roman Colosseum. In 2009, the stadium was sold at auction for $583,000. In turn, there was quite a great financial shift in the area’s economy, heavily showcasing how much changed.