|Panoramic indoor view from the main concourse, 50 yard line.|
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 1965 (view article below), the idea of a stadium, conceived by a University of Detroit Professor of Architecture was 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 a Detroit area 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 I-75 and M-59, on land owned by the Pontiac School District. The Metropolitan Stadium Committee voted unanimously for the Pontiac site.
|C. Don Davidson - Visionary, Chief Project|
Designer, Architect of Pontiac Silverdome
A Sociological View of an All American City (page II-98)
An Environmental analysis of a central business area (page 64 of 286)
From the mid 60's until about 1980, Pontiac's own, Don Davidson (1929-1987), a college professor, designer, urban planner, architect and newspaper owner/publisher designed and coordinated many developments across the nation. Professor Davidson taught architecture and urban planning 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
Super Bowl Pontiac Host Committee Brochure - 'PONTIAC SUPER BLAST' - January 1982
|Professor Davidson at urban renewal presentation - ca 1966|
A Sports Writer's view of the Pontiac Silverdome Stadium in its heyday
"The Taj Mahal of all Football Stadia"
City to Push for Stadium
Rendering of a proposed dual stadium with a sliding dome
|Pontiac, MI. Feb. 2 (*1969) -- Artists rendering of the twin stadium complex proposed near the city of|
Pontiac in the area of M-59 and I-75. The Detroit Lions yesterday decided to begin negotiations with the
Pontiac Stadium Authority. The football stadium is to the left.
|William Clay Ford, Detroit Lions committed to Pontiac (Silverdome) Stadium - 1971|