Demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, will begin within 45 days, a report by the Detroit Free Press says. Adamo Group, the contractor based in Detroit, is under private contract with Triple Investment Group, the Silverdome’s owner, and has applied for a demolition permit with the city.
Richard Adamo, president of the Adamo Group, says he is waiting for utility companies to disconnect all electricity, gas and waste from the site. This must be done before the permit is issued.
The entire demolition process, including filling and grating the hole, is set to take around a year to complete. According to the report, the demolition will be done with hydraulic excavators in sections. Adamo says there are currently no plans to implode on the 127-acre site.
The Silverdome opened in 1975 and was sporadically used since 2002 when the Detroit Lions moved to Ford Field in Detroit. The inflatable roof was severely damaged by a winter storm several years ago, which exposed everything inside.
Triple Investment Group purchased the stadium from the city in 2009 for $583,000 with the plans to find a buyer for the site. After those plans failed, the firm announced a possible demolition in spring 2016 but it did not happen.
Adamo says that hundreds of Volkswagen diesel cars that the company was forced to buy back from its customers following its emissions issue are parked around the stadium and will be removed.
Demolition of the Silverdome was mandated by a 50th District Court judge in March from a nuisance abatement case brought by the city against Triple Investment Group, the report says.