From glory to gutted: The Pontiac Silverdome

At one point it held 80,000+ screaming Detroit Lions fans but today, the Pontiac Silverdome is a shell of what it once was.

Built in the 1970s, the stadium was the THE place for major sporting events including the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup opening rounds, and even WrestleMania. Now, the Michigan weather has taken over.

On Tuesday, SKYFOX headed to Pontiac to take a look at the former home of the Detroit Lions. As you can see, the elements have continued to wreak havoc on the stadium. Click here to see the pictures.

13 years after the Lions last played a down in the Silverdome, the once-groundbreaking roof is no longer attached to the stadium. Instead, all that remains are the tattered and worn seats and concrete bowl where fans used to cheer. 

It hosted The King (Elvis) and The Pope (John Paul II). Barry Sanders and Isiah Thomas were immortalized on the gridiron and hardwood, respectively. Now it hosts empty Honolulu blue chairs in the bowl. 

What will happen next? That is the question. On Tuesday, the group Citizens Against Blight asked the county and city to help address the condition and the owner, Andreas Apostolopoulos, whom the group calls "no better than a scrapper".

The last time football was even in the dome was in 2006 when the Pittsburgh Steelers used it to practice during Super Bowl XL. The last event was a in 2011, just before a snow storm collapsed the roof the next year, leaving it exposed to the elements. 

In 2009, Apostolopoulos bought the stadium with reported plans to put in a Major League Soccer team. Like the roof of the once-amazing structure, those plans fell through.

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