Implosion to start Pontiac Silverdome demolition

Demolition of the property is set to begin before the end of 2017.

October 16, 2017
CDR Staff
An implosion will start off the demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, a report by the Detroit Free Press says. Demolition at the 127-acre property may begin before the end of 2017.

Pontiac Mayor Diedre Waterman says in the report the implosion will be small and won’t take down the entire structure. Crews will use hydraulic excavators to dismantle the building from the inside out over several months.

The demolition was mandated in early 2017 by a judgement in the 50th District Court during a nuisance-abatement case between the city and Triple Investment Group, the company that owns the building. The report says the implosion will have to wait until the Silverdome’s contractor, Adam Group, finishes its George Dome demolition project. The report says the Georgia Dome should be imploded by Nov. 20.

Triple Investment purchased the stadium from the city in 2009 for $583,000. The firm failed to find an investor for the site and announced a spring 2016 demolition date, but the report says the date fell through.

The Silverdome opened in 1975 and has been used sporadically since the Lions moved to Ford Field in Detroit in 2002. The report says its parking lot housed 9,000 Volkswagen cars that were recalled as part of the company’s diesel emissions scandal.

The stadium’s inflatable roof was damaged during winter storm and exposed all the building’s interior components, which the report says sped up its decay.

Oakland County has offered the site to a regional bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, the report says.