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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.

Bacon Cheeseburger
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.

Bacon Cheeseburger
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?

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

BigMeatballDave
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...

Bacon Cheeseburger
05-01-2014, 08:00 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.
Still interested?
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notorious
05-01-2014, 08:20 PM
I wonder what they charge for property tax.

Rain Man
05-01-2014, 08:24 PM
Still interested?


Eh, a little paint, some carpet, a new roof, it'll be fine. You can get a good deal on a fixer-upper.

arrowheadnation
05-01-2014, 10:10 PM
Figured Hulk Hogan would have bought it.

Sorter
05-01-2014, 10:20 PM
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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You potentially host a variety of events to generate revenue (e.g. MMA, NCAAB/FB, Fake Wrestling, Concerts, etc. I have no idea as to the state of the facility but with the right amount of money/contacts, you could make some money.


After watching Bugeater's video though, some serious renovations have to be done.

suzzer99
05-01-2014, 10:34 PM
That's a one bedroom condo in my neighborhood.

dj56dt58
05-02-2014, 07:24 AM
You potentially host a variety of events to generate revenue (e.g. MMA, NCAAB/FB, Fake Wrestling, Concerts, etc. I have no idea as to the state of the facility but with the right amount of money/contacts, you could make some money.


After watching Bugeater's video though, some serious renovations have to be done.

Why would they chose silverdome to host an event over Ford Field?

Bwana
05-02-2014, 07:55 AM
You potentially host a variety of events to generate revenue (e.g. MMA, NCAAB/FB, Fake Wrestling, Concerts, etc. I have no idea as to the state of the facility but with the right amount of money/contacts, you could make some money.


After watching Bugeater's video though, some serious renovations have to be done.

Serious is an understatement. You would be well advised to get your hepatitis shots before entering the building.

bevischief
05-02-2014, 08:15 AM
Damn...

Pushead2
05-02-2014, 08:16 AM
Serious is an understatement. You would be well advised to get your hepatitis shots before entering the building.

After seeing that video, I don't think I'd ever go in there no matter what they did to it...

HemiEd
05-02-2014, 08:34 AM
Still interested?
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The history channel banner was very appropriate. Remember that program where they showed how things would be after people were gone? This looks like it fits and mother nature is in the process of taking it back.

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Cochise
05-02-2014, 08:55 AM
in Minneapolis, the old Armory building which was one of the home venues of the Minneapolis Lakers is now a parking garage.

Jimmya
05-02-2014, 08:57 AM
Maybe low end concerts.

BigRock
05-02-2014, 09:29 AM
Still interested?
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It's looked that way since '87. The Hulkster blew the roof off it, brother.

Bearcat
05-02-2014, 09:34 AM
Still interested?


One of the nicer buildings in Detroit.

fan4ever
05-02-2014, 10:03 AM
They should've used it for a new unemployment office.

:thumb:

Chief Roundup
05-02-2014, 10:16 AM
Well since the sell happened a couple of years ago I have to ask, what does it currently look like?

Chocolate Hog
05-02-2014, 10:16 AM
If the Silverdome were in a KC suburb it would be turned into a wal mart.

Discuss Thrower
05-02-2014, 10:21 AM
That's a one bedroom condo in my neighborhood.

GentrificationPlanet

BigMeatballDave
05-02-2014, 10:26 AM
If the Silverdome were in a KC suburb it would be turned into a wal mart.

You could say that for just about any city in the US.

Bacon Cheeseburger
05-02-2014, 11:21 AM
Well since the sell happened a couple of years ago I have to ask, what does it currently look like?
Post #29, I bumped this thread with a recent video of the place. Doesn't appear that the buyer has done anything at all with it.

gblowfish
05-02-2014, 11:29 AM
Current Story on this in Huffpo:
http://tinyurl.com/pxcnsxa

Bacon Cheeseburger
05-02-2014, 11:49 AM
Current Story on this in Huffpo:
http://tinyurl.com/pxcnsxa
WTF is this?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmZhj-FCQAAhZwC.jpg

Chocolate Hog
05-02-2014, 11:54 AM
You could say that for just about any city in the US.

Im not familiar with other cities but here they tore down a mall and said they were going to build an aquarium now its a walmart instead.

htismaqe
05-02-2014, 01:32 PM
WTF is this?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmZhj-FCQAAhZwC.jpg

No shit. Where did all that sand come from? Was there there a beach in one of the luxury suites?

Rain Man
05-02-2014, 03:06 PM
No shit. Where did all that sand come from? Was there there a beach in one of the luxury suites?

I wonder if it's either very fine grain dirt that's blown in over the years, or perhaps it's particulate that came from the atmosphere due to sanding winter roads. That seem like too much to have blown in over ten or so years, but I'm not sure of any other explanation.

suzzer99
05-02-2014, 03:08 PM
Probably particulate and dirt carried in by the air then pushed down into one lump by heavy rains. Somehow after heavy rains I have streaked dirt all over my windows. I figure it must blow onto the roof or above the window or something, then the rain washes it down. It's way to high up to be splashing up from the ground.

htismaqe
05-02-2014, 03:19 PM
Except that that ain't dirt. It's definitely sand.

Rain Man
05-02-2014, 03:20 PM
Except that that ain't dirt. It's definitely sand.

(Thoughtful pose.) I bet there was a base of sand under the field at some point. Maybe that's blowing around.

htismaqe
05-02-2014, 03:24 PM
(Thoughtful pose.) I bet there was a base of sand under the field at some point. Maybe that's blowing around.

Could be.

I still think the Fords had a beach in their suite or something...

Discuss Thrower
05-02-2014, 03:50 PM
It's left over shit from a monster truck rally, isn't it?

Aries Walker
05-02-2014, 04:15 PM
I think that's the answer. The last event there was a monster truck rally in 2006. They leave it on the field, winds blow it around.

htismaqe
05-02-2014, 04:16 PM
I think that's the answer. The last event there was a monster truck rally in 2006. They leave it on the field, winds blow it around.

Yep. Sounds entirely plausible.

Although, I'm still enamored by the thought of having a themed "beach" suite...

Aries Walker
05-02-2014, 04:22 PM
. . . in Detroit, Michigan.

Miami, San Diego, Tampa Bay I could see. Maybe Houston or Jacksonville.

Edit: . . . which, on second thought, would make the Detroit version that much more intriguing.

htismaqe
05-02-2014, 04:23 PM
. . . in Detroit, Michigan.

Miami, San Diego, Tampa Bay I could see. Maybe Houston or Jacksonville.

Edit: . . . which, on second thought, would make the Detroit version that much more intriguing.

They have real beaches in Miami and San Diego.

A beach suite, complete with pina coladas and hula girls would sell like hotcakes in Detroit and Buffalo.

Bacon Cheeseburger
05-02-2014, 04:36 PM
I wonder if it's either very fine grain dirt that's blown in over the years, or perhaps it's particulate that came from the atmosphere due to sanding winter roads. That seem like too much to have blown in over ten or so years, but I'm not sure of any other explanation.
The roof was just deflated a little over a year ago and the damage to it has happened since then. Apparently they were planning on renovations to the stadium and surprise...it hasn't happened.

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20130103/renovations-start-at-pontiac-silverdome-as-roof-is-deflated

Rain Man
05-02-2014, 04:43 PM
Yep. Sounds entirely plausible.

Although, I'm still enamored by the thought of having a themed "beach" suite...

I suspect they have a beach suite at their house. It's probably next to the jungle suite and across the hall from the mountain suite.

Chief Roundup
05-02-2014, 06:03 PM
Post #29, I bumped this thread with a recent video of the place. Doesn't appear that the buyer has done anything at all with it.

I figured that it was an old video.

UL Washington
05-02-2014, 08:23 PM
Even in it's current condition it's nicer than the Oakland Coliseum.

Rain Man
05-03-2014, 10:31 AM
Even in it's current condition it's nicer than the Oakland Coliseum.

If Al was alive, he could use this as leverage.