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The Pontiac Silverdome Finally Goes Boom

The Pontiac Silverdome was created in 1973 and officially opened on August 23rd, 1975. It was the home of the Detroit Lions for 26 years and the Detroit Pistons for 10 years. It also hosted the 1979 NBA All-Star Game, the 1994 World Cup, Super Bowl XVI, Wrestlemania III where Hulk Hogan lifted Andre the Giant, and countless other events.

But once the Detroit Pistons moved to the Palace of Auburn Hills and the Lions re-located in downtown Detroit at Ford Field, the Silverdome became just another building. Years after the teams left they still held carnivals and other festivals but it was nothing compared to what it once was in its glory days.

In 2006 the Silverdome was officially closed but would re-open in 2010 only to be re-closed in 2010. The reason for the re-closing was due to parts of the ceiling collapsing and lack of events.

Yesterday, a demolition team came to the stadium and placed explosive charges in order to implode the stadium and it failed miserably.

The #Silverdome before, during and after the detonation.

Kind of says it all.

(Photos by @junfuphoto)

— Detroit Free Press (@freep) December 3, 2017
Some of the explosive charges that were deployed didn’t go off and the Stadium was still standing. Today they took another shot at it and it finally came down. The sound of the implosion was very powerful and could be heard across the city. My mother who lives in Pontiac says she was able to hear the explosions from inside her house that morning.

Down goes the Silverdome! On the second attempt, the Pontiac stadium and former home of the Detroit and Pistons has fallen.

— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) December 4, 2017

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