Local Hometown Star Bob Seger Rocks the Silverdome

In the early years, from about 1968 to 1975, the Bob Seger Group performed in many local venues around his Michigan hometown including the Mt. Holly Ski Lodge on Dixie Hwy, many local High Schools, bowling alleys and the 'Battle of the Bands' at Springfield Oaks Park, in Davisburg MI. 


Prior to making it big, he also performed in small venues in Florida, Pennsylvania and a few other Midwest markets. In the Metro Detroit market, his records outsold the Beatles. 

In June 1976, Seger went from playing in front of 50 people in a Chicago bar to three days later, playing in front of 59,000 loyal hometown fans at Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium (Silverdome) north of Detroit. - Segerfile


Date:
06/26/1976

Tour / Album Supported:
Live Bullet

Venue:
Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium 
(Silverdome)

Featured Artist(s):
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Elvin Bishop
Utopia

Ticket Price:
$7.50

Attendance:
59,000




The Pontiac Times Newspaper - Feb. 22, 1974



WWF Wrestlemania III at the Pontiac Silverdome - 1987

WWF Wrestlemania III - March 29, 1987

WrestleMania III is particularly notable for the WWF's claiming a record attendance of 93,173, the largest recorded attendance for a live indoor sporting event in North America.[1] courtesy of Wikipedia

There were twelve matches, with the final event being WWF Championship Hulk Hogan successfully defending his title against AndrĂ© the Giant.

WRESTLEMANIA-3



Pope John Paul II performs Mass at the Pontiac Silverdome - 1987

Pope’s visit still etched in area’s memory




DETROIT — One of the biggest events in the life of the Catholic Church in southeast Michigan took place 25 years ago this month, when Bl. John Paul II made a pastoral visit to Detroit.
And despite the passage of a quarter-century, that papal visit of Sept. 18-19, 1987, still lives in the memories of those who participated in the preparations or just attended the various events.

Billy Graham Crusade at the Siverdome - 1976

Billy Graham - 1976


They begin streaming on the field even before Dr. Billy Graham finishes his invitation. Hundreds, then thousands descend the steps from their seats at the 80,000 seat Pontiac Stadium to answer the call.

It is the same scene repeated at each of the preceding nine evangelistic crusade services. The crowds had grown from an initial 35,000 or so until Sunday's 70,000 jammed their way into the parking lots and through the revolving doors.  

Super Bowl XVI - Pontiac Silverdome, January 24, 1982

San Francisco  49ers vs. Cincinnati  Bengals


The 49ers got off to a fast start in Super Bowl XVI, building 
a 20-0 lead going into halftime. But the Bengals wouldn't go 
down easily and stormed back in the second half making 
Super Bowl XVI one for the ages.



Watch Game Highlights of Super Bowl XVI

A Vision for a Stadium - The Visionary Who Conceived It and Helped Make It a Reality


In 1957, eighteen years before the Detroit Lions played their first game in the new stadium, the idea of a sports stadium for metropolitan Detroit was proposed and sent to the Michigan Legislature to build a sports facility via an Olympic Games Authority. In 1962 and 1964, a Detroit stadium proposal for the State Fair Grounds was discussed for a 1968 Olympic Games bid

In 1966, the idea of a stadium was also incorporated in a proposal for downtown redevelopment  for the city of Pontiac, MI. However, actual implementation of the idea did not take place until February 1968, when  an unofficial committee was formed by Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh to make recommendations on the location and construction of the stadium.  

A new expanded and official Metropolitan Stadium Committee, consisting of C. Don Davidson, Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford, and other locally -prominent businessmen was organized to discuss a stadium on a 155 acre site located at the intersection of two major highways (1-75 and M-59) on land owned by the Pontiac School District.  The Metropolitan Stadium Committee voted unanimously for the Pontiac site.  

By the following year, the group had become incorporated as the City of Pontiac Stadium Building Authority, with members appointed by the city commission which spent the greater part of 1969 completing the necessary economic feasibility studies in constructing such a stadium. The city informed the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers professional franchises that a stadium could be built and financed in Pontiac..

* City to Push for Stadium - Pontiac Press Newspaper, May 24, 1968 (see article below)

C. Don Davidson

From the early 60's until the mid 1970's, Pontiac's own, Don Davidson (1929-1987) was an urban planner, designer and architect, designing and coordinating many developments across the nation. Davidson also taught architecture and urban planning as a professor at the University of Detroit. He was best known for two local projects, the Pontiac Silverdome Stadium and the Pontiac Plan,
 - Pontiac Times, Dec. 7, 1973



During the initial phase of the stadium proposal of 1966 (pg. 104), Davidson and his University of Detroit architecture class, under the direction of Bruno Leon, Dean of Architecture, conceived and designed the stadium as part of an overall urban renewal project for the city of Pontiac and surrounding area. Davidson ultimately was hired as Chief Project Designer by the architectural firm, O'dell, Hewlett & Luckenbach.

After the completion of the stadium project, Davidson was pleased to know that a major part of his life long dream for the city of Pontiac had become a reality with the construction of an 80,000 seat 'state of the art' sports complex that, in his own words, "has a symmetrical layout and field of view that mirrors the Roman Colosseum". Davidson, along with Oakland Press Sports Writer, Bruno Kearns, was also a founding member of the Pontiac Quarterback Club.

Professor Davidson at urban renewal presentation - ca 1966






City to Push for Stadium
(First mention of a Pontiac stadium, Pontiac Press - May 24, 1968)

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Rendering of a proposed dual stadium with a sliding dome 









“It’s the smallest big stadium in the world. It has a unique design that will allow more people to sit close to the field, with straight sight lines, than at any other stadium.  I think it’s the best stadium in the world right now.” - C. Don Davidson, designer




Michael Jackson Victory Tour - 1984

Date:
08/18/1984

Tour / Album Supported:
Victory Tour

Attendance:
47,200


Silverdome Concerts and Music Performances with Featured Artists


The Who12/06/1975The Who
Toots & the Maytals
Elvis Presley12/31/1975Elvis Presley
Aerosmith05/08/1976Aerosmith
Foghat
Ted Nugent
Outlaws
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band06/26/1976Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Elvin Bishop
Utopia
The Show07/04/1976Chaka Khan
Labelle
The Ohio Players
Rufus
WAR
Elton John07/11/1976Elton John
Dave Mason
John Miles
Jethro Tull07/25/1976Jethro Tull
Rick Derringer
Rory Gallagher
Robin Trower
1st Annual Kool Jazz Festival08/06/1976Donald Byrd
Marvin Gaye
Smokey Robinson
The Spinners
The Staple Singers
The Stylistics
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
1st Annual Kool Jazz Festival08/07/1976Al Green
B.B. King
The Spinners
The Crusaders
Joe Simon
Led Zeppelin04/30/1977Led Zeppelin
Peter Frampton06/18/1977Peter Frampton
The Steve Miller Band
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
The Rock Explosion07/09/1977Black Oak Arkansas
Brownsville Station
Frijid Pink
Salem Witchcraft
Michael Stanley
Leslie West
Pontiac Kool Jazz Festival08/13/1977The Temptations
Natalie Cole
The Pointer Sisters
Tavares
Wild Cherry
ELO08/12/1978ELO
Heart
Trickster
ELO08/13/1978ELO
Heart
Trickster
Boston08/19/1978Boston
Sammy Hagar
Eddie Money
U.K.
Ted Nugent12/28/1978Ted Nugent
The Cars
2nd Annual Country Music Spectacular03/24/1979Jerry Lee Lewis
Loretta Lynn
Johnny Paycheck
World's Greatest Funk Festival07/01/1979The Bar-Kays
Rick James
Bootsey's Rubber Band
The Brides of Funkenstein
Con Funk Shun
The Gap Band
Parliament-Funkadelic
Parlet
KISS07/13/1979KISS
Cheap Trick
The Bee Gees07/28/1979The Bee Gees
The Who12/07/1979The Who
Blackfoot
The World's Largest Indoor Country Variety Show03/22/1980Bobby Bare
Carl Perkins
Don Gibson
The Kendalls
Minnie Pearl
Ernest Tubbs
The Rolling Stones11/30/1981The Rolling Stones
Iggy Pop
Santana
The Rolling Stones12/01/1981The Rolling Stones
Iggy Pop
Santana

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