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Saulbadguy
11-17-2009, 06:59 PM
Sorry if repost:

http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/17/news/economy/silverdome_buyer/index.htm

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- An unidentified Canadian real estate company was the winning bidder for the Silverdome, snatching it up for a mere fraction of its original value.

A Toronto-based family-owned company bid $583,000 for the under-used stadium on Monday, which is currently owned by the City of Pontiac, Mich., according to auctioneer Williams & Williams.

The company plans to refurbish the Silverdome into a stadium for men's Major League Soccer and women's professional soccer teams, said the auctioneer. While the stadium was the former home of the National Foodball League's Detroit Lions, it also played host to the World Cup in 1994, when Brazil beat Italy in a knuckle-biter that ended in a penalty shootout.

The auctioneer Williams & Williams, based in Tulsa, Okla., said it will not identify the buyer "until the final details are worked out and the sale closes."

"The Silverdome will now be in the hands of professionals who can devote their time to transform this high-profile property into a vital asset instead of enabling it to continue to languish as an empty facility," said Fred Leeb, the emergency financial planner for Pontiac, in a press release.

Bugeater
11-17-2009, 07:10 PM
National Foodball League?

Fairplay
11-17-2009, 07:12 PM
Sounds like a steal.

Even if it was torn down for the metal if would be worth more then that easily.

Bugeater
11-17-2009, 07:17 PM
They should've used it for a new unemployment office.

boogblaster
11-17-2009, 07:22 PM
Taxes will eat them ............

Rain Man
11-17-2009, 08:27 PM
Wow, that's an amazing price. If I lived in Detroit, I might've sold my home and bought the Silverdome to live in. That would be so cool.

Can you imagine that? You could barbecue in the yard even when it was cold out. You'd get your other meals at the concession stands. You'd watch TV on the ultra-big screen. Need a quiet place to read? Go up to the nosebleed seats. 100 bathrooms. Your own luxury boxes for when company arrives.

Dang, I would've wanted that place.

LaChapelle
11-17-2009, 08:31 PM
I thought it was car Skip may have used to take a date to the Chicago Worlds Fair.

Goldmember
11-17-2009, 08:40 PM
Sounds like a steal.

Even if it was torn down for the metal if would be worth more then that easily.

The locals already stole all the precious metals, like copper piping :)

Fairplay
11-17-2009, 08:46 PM
That reminds me of an Eminem video and the old Detroit tiger stadium was being torn down while he was singing his song. :crybaby:

Rain Man
11-17-2009, 09:19 PM
When I would have guests over, I'd guide them to a parking spot with some flashlights and then tell them to meet me at "will call".

RJ
11-17-2009, 09:31 PM
Wow, that's an amazing price. If I lived in Detroit, I might've sold my home and bought the Silverdome to live in. That would be so cool.

Can you imagine that? You could barbecue in the yard even when it was cold out. You'd get your other meals at the concession stands. You'd watch TV on the ultra-big screen. Need a quiet place to read? Go up to the nosebleed seats. 100 bathrooms. Your own luxury boxes for when company arrives.

Dang, I would've wanted that place.



Yeah, but the utility bills and lawn maintenance would eat you alive. And if you got hungry, you'd have to have to wait for a hot dog vendor to come around. And if you wake up in the middle of the night and have to take a leak you'd have a really long walk to the bathroom.

On a plus note, the parking would be great.

Phobia
11-17-2009, 09:38 PM
Man, nobody even notified me of the bid. I'd have written a check immediately.

stlchiefs
11-17-2009, 09:44 PM
Man, nobody even notified me of the bid. I'd have written a check immediately.

casinoplanet

RJ
11-17-2009, 09:45 PM
Man, nobody even notified me of the bid. I'd have written a check immediately.


They probably don't give you the keys until the check clears.

Rain Man
11-17-2009, 10:27 PM
Yeah, but the utility bills and lawn maintenance would eat you alive. And if you got hungry, you'd have to have to wait for a hot dog vendor to come around. And if you wake up in the middle of the night and have to take a leak you'd have a really long walk to the bathroom.

On a plus note, the parking would be great.

Well, I'd put a ceiling fan in to blow the warm air down in the winter.

Psyko Tek
11-17-2009, 10:35 PM
former home
where do the lions play now?

Phobia
11-17-2009, 10:40 PM
former home
where do the lions play now?

Nowhere. They just forfeit everything. Haven't you noticed?

BCD
11-17-2009, 10:44 PM
former home
where do the lions play now?:spock: Dude, seriously?

BCD
11-17-2009, 10:45 PM
Nowhere. They just forfeit everything. Haven't you noticed?LMAO

Miles
11-17-2009, 10:59 PM
Sounds somewhat like a repeat of the Astrodome demise but in a less viable city.

BY1401
11-18-2009, 06:52 AM
former home
where do the lions play now?

I wouldn't so much call what they do "playing."

kepp
11-18-2009, 07:21 AM
Wow, that's an amazing price. If I lived in Detroit, I might've sold my home and bought the Silverdome to live in. That would be so cool.

Can you imagine that? You could barbecue in the yard even when it was cold out. You'd get your other meals at the concession stands. You'd watch TV on the ultra-big screen. Need a quiet place to read? Go up to the nosebleed seats. 100 bathrooms. Your own luxury boxes for when company arrives.

Dang, I would've wanted that place.

I heard it's haunted though.

Demonpenz
11-18-2009, 07:44 AM
the ghosts of wayne fontz scott mitchell and herman mooorreee boo

dtebbe
11-18-2009, 08:13 AM
Wow, that's an amazing price. If I lived in Detroit, I might've sold my home and bought the Silverdome to live in. That would be so cool.

Can you imagine that? You could barbecue in the yard even when it was cold out. You'd get your other meals at the concession stands. You'd watch TV on the ultra-big screen. Need a quiet place to read? Go up to the nosebleed seats. 100 bathrooms. Your own luxury boxes for when company arrives.

Dang, I would've wanted that place.

Did you miss the part about the $1.5M annual maintenance bill? :D

DT

RJ
11-18-2009, 08:25 AM
Well, I'd put a ceiling fan in to blow the warm air down in the winter.



I had considered buying it until my wife told me she would want to remodel the bathrooms.

Bwana
11-18-2009, 08:27 AM
Did you miss the part about the $1.5M annual maintenance bill? :D

DT

Heh, I wonder how much it would take just heat the place up enough to keep the pipes from freezing?

Here is one Nancy's take on it from flicker.

The home of the Detroit Lions from it's opening in 1975 until 2001, the largest crowd to ever attend an event here was 93,173 for Wrestlemania. ROFL The last event held here was a Truck Monster Jam on January 7, 2006. They attempted to show drive-in movies in the parking lot to raise revenue. I played a soccer game here once, the field was one of the worst I have ever played on. Basically green concrete.
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Rain Man
11-18-2009, 08:36 AM
Did you miss the part about the $1.5M annual maintenance bill? :D

DT


They probably just haven't done good preventive stuff. I'd caulk the windows and seal the parking lot real good and cut that down a lot. Plus, the ceiling fan.

gblowfish
11-18-2009, 09:32 AM
It may be a steal, but if you lived there, you'd have to move to Detroit.
So that's a big minus right there...