Inception and Initial Planning:
1966-71 Commenced at the University of Detroit under the Dean of architecture, Bruno Leon and Professor C. Don Davidson
Architect: O'dell, Hewlett and Luckenbach
Building Contractor: Barton Malow
Cost: $55.7 Million
Construction completed on time (23 months) and on budget.
1.5 million cubic yards of earth moved for construction.
Materials Used: 52,000 cubic yards of concrete
1,700 tons of structural steel
10 acre Teflon-coated Fiberglas roof
18 large steel cables: vary 550 to 750 feet, weighing up to 15,000 lbs. each
10 - 75 hp fans and 15 - 100 hp fans
50 revolving doors
93 pressure balance doors
Building Size: Overall- 770ft. x 600ft.
Playing Field- 94,000 sq. ft.
Lower Concourse- 25,000 sq. ft.
$15.9 million in General Obligation Notes issued by the City of Pontiac.
$25 million in Revenue Bonds sold by the Pontiac Stadium Building Authority.
$8 million interest on bond money prior to construction.
$7.76 million installment loan for addition of an air supported roof, to be paid for out of stadium revenues.
Current Owner: Andreas Apostolopoulos Family Triple Investment Group
Previous Owner: Pontiac Stadium Building Authority
Groundbreaking: September 19, 1973
Site: 132 total acres:
100 acres - Parking Lot
20 acres - Silverdome
Lower Level: 42,082
Football, Soccer, Supercross, Tractor Pull, Rodeos: 80,325
Political Rallies, Religious Crusades: 90,000
Concerts: 22,000 to 55,000
On-Site (100 acres, lighted, paved)
Automobile - 12,464
Handicap - (389)
Former home to- Detroit Lions 1975-2001, Detroit Pistons 1978-1988, Michigan Panthers (USFL) 1983-1984, Detroit Express (NASL) 1978-1980, College Football Cherry Bowl 1984-1985, Super Bowl XVI 1982, FIFA World Cup 1994, College Football Motor City Bowl 1997-2001, Wrestlemania III 1987, NBA All Star Game 1979, and the NBA Finals 1988.
Notable audience attendance numbers
The largest crowd to ever gather at the Silverdome was on March 29, 1987 for WrestleMania III, with a reported attendance of 93,173. Another notable audience attendance record had earlier been broken on April 30, 1977, when the English rock band Led Zeppelin played in front of 76,229 fans at the Silverdome. This was, at the time, a new world record attendance for a solo indoor attraction, beating the 75,962 that The Who attracted there on December 6, 1975. The Detroit Pistons also set numerous NBA attendance records during their time at the Silverdome; Regular Season, 61,983 vs. Boston, January 29, 1988; Playoffs, 41,732, vs. L.A. Lakers, June 16, 1988. - (courtesy of Wikipedia)
- 1975, August 23 - First Lions (Exhibition) Game played at Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium (Silverdome) vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- 1975, October 6 – Lions first regular season game, a 36–10 defeat by the Dallas Cowboys on ABC Monday Night Football.
- 1975, October 12 – Lions first regular season Silverdome victory, a 27–7 defeat of the Chicago Bears.
- 1975, December 6 - (Opening Night) - The Who (attended by 75,962 fans)
- 1975, December 31 – Elvis Presley (his very first New Year's Eve show, attended by 62,500 fans)
- 1976, May 8 - Aerosmith (opened by Ted Nugent, the Outlaws, and Foghat) - attended by 76,900 fans.
- 1976, June 26 - Local Hometown Star, Bob Seger Performs in front of 59,000 devoted fans.
- 1976, October – Billy Graham Crusade - Some 70,000+ attended the final service at the one year old Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium (Silverdome)
- 1977, April 30 - Led Zeppelin (attended by 76,229 fans)
- 1978, March 5 - Kenny Rogers & Dottie West hosted what was billed as the "World's Largest Indoor Country Music Show" with an attendance in excess of 60,000 fans.
- 1978, October 13 - Detroit Pistons' first home game in Silverdome.
- 1979, February 4 – NBA All-Star Game
- 1981, November 30, Dec. 1 - Rolling Stones play a two night Concert of their American Tour, 1981
- 1982, January 24 – Super Bowl XVI - The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21.
- 1984, August 17-19 – Michael Jackson and the full entourage of The Jacksons performed three concerts at Pontiac Silverdome during their Victory Tour.
- 1985, September 4 - Bruce Springsteen performed to a record crowd during his "Born in the U.S.A. Tour".
- 1987, March 29 – WrestleMania III - noted for a record attendance of 93,173, the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America.
- 1987, August 7 – Local Hometown Girl Madonna, who resided and attended school in Rochester MI., near the Silverdome, brought the Who's That Girl World Tour here with 56,000 people in the audience
- 1987, September 18 – Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass
- 1988 – NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- 1988 – NBA Finals games 3 through 5
- 1991 – NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- 1992 – Metallica and Guns N' Roses brought the Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour to the dome on July 21, 1992, with Faith No More as their opening act.
- 1994 – Hosted World Cup games for the 1994 World Soccer Cup
- 1994 – Pink Floyd performed their classic album, The Dark Side of the Moon, in its entirety, on July 15, 1994 for the first time since 1975.
- 1999, December 31 – Metallica held New Year's Eve concert at the venue along with Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and Sevendust.
- 2002, January 6 – Final Detroit Lions game played, a 15-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
- 2010, April 17 – "Domination In The Dome" (Monster Trucks) Grand Re-Opening of the Silverdome
(courtesy of Wikipedia)