In mid 1968, University of Detroit Professor C. Don Davidson, along with other area sports enthusiasts were excited at the prospects that professional sports teams, the Detroit Lions and the Tigers, were actively investigating the possibilities of a new major sports facility for Southeast Michigan. The excitement was generated by the fact that Davidson and Pontiac city leaders made a presentation to the Metropolitan Stadium Committee of a 155 acre site on the city's east side at the intersection of M-59 and I-75. The Metropolitan Stadium Committee voted unanimously for the Pontiac site. The city commission later appointed a Stadium Authority which spent the greater part of 1969 completing the necessary economic feasibility studies in constructing such a stadium. The city made the professional sports franchises aware that a stadium could be built and financed in Pontiac. An Environmental analysis of a central business area : Pontiac, Michigan ...Authors: Bruno Leon, Karl H. Greimel, C. Don Davidson'

The Early Years - Planning and Construction ©

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.

Original plans called for a dual stadium complex for both the Detroit Tigers baseball team and the Detroit Lions. 
Plans were scrapped due to the lack of a commitment by the Tigers organization.
Pontiac Press Article - September 12, 1968

Model of proposed dual stadium complex with a sliding roof


  1. Many people who reflect on the silverdome make mention of how bad the acoustics were during concerts. Well, my friend, the Silvedome was not designed for mega rock concerts, it was specificly designed and built for 'sports'.

    No one can deny the fact that no matter where you sat in the dome, you had a great, unobstructed view of the playing field. Davidson designed it that way , with an emphasis on the fan's perspective.

  2. amazing! built under budget, and ahead of schedule


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