Silverdome’s Final Days

The 80,000-seat Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, former home of the Detroit Lions, will close for good following 2006 Super Bowl activities in February and will most likely be demolished.

Silverdome officials will focus on practices and other events in connection with the Super Bowl, set for Detroit’s Ford Field, and will stop booking other events after December, according to Pontiac Stadium Authority Chairwoman Frances Fowlkes.

The Stadium Authority voted March 16th to take a closer look at two redevelopment proposals for the 132-acre site in Pontiac.

Since the Lions vacated the Silverdome for Ford Field in 2002, the stadium has remained open for concerts, drive-in movies, trade shows and high school football games. There had also been talk of bringing in a World Hockey Association team to the facility at one time.

The 30-year-old venue’s final concert will be the Warped Tour July 31st.