In the beginning stages of planning, Detroit, Pontiac and
Walled Lake were the primary sites for a new stadium.
City to Push for Stadium
First mention of a proposed stadium, Pontiac Press - May 24, 1968
|Envisioned and Designed by Professor C. Don Davidson of the University of Detroit |
and Dean of Architecture Bruno Leon, chairman of the design team.
Pontiac Press Article - September 12, 1968
Model of a dual stadium complex that was under consideration as a future home for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions. This proposal, minus a moving dome (later considered impractical) would eventually become a reality and would be known as the 'Truman Sports Complex' in Kansas City. - Date of proposal, July 1969
Architects Sued In Contract Loss Bv The Star's Own Service
Charles Deaton, a design architect of the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, had filed a $10-million lawsuit charging that Kivett and Myers of Kansas City and four other architectural firms unfairly deprived him of the contract to design the Pontiac, Mich., sports stadium.
The Colorado architect named the Pontiac Stadium Authority and the city of Pontiac as defendants, along with the architectural firms. The suit asserts that Kivett and Myers systematically denied him credit for designing the twin stadium complex in Kansas City and the firm caused him to lose the design contract on the $41-million Pontiac stadium.
On May 17, 1973, Deaton filed suit in Connecticut against Progressive Architecture magazine, Stamford, Conn., over an article attributing the Truman Sports Complex design to Kivett and Myers rather than Deaton. Ralph Myers, a Kivett and Myers partner, said Deaton also filed a $5-million suit against Kivett and Myers and had sued other firms in connection with architectural bids on the Pontiac stadium.
It was reported in The Times June 30, 1967, that Kivett and Myers was chosen by the sports authority in Kansas City to begin preliminary work on the K.C. 2-stadium complex design. That new account quoted Deaton, as “design architect” for the complex, as saying the stadium designs would have to be completed before it would be practical to make wind tunnel tests on the proposed rolling roof. The roof, which was to have been movable from one stadium to the other, later was deemed unfeasible.
A year later Deaton was identified in news stories as “architectural design associate” for the Kansas City sports complex. ~ The Kansas city Star, 19 July 1974 › Page 19
The lawsuit against the city of Pontiac and the Pontiac Stadium Authority was dismissed.