DETROIT – The Pontiac Silverdome will finally be demolished in December.
The City of Pontiac has issued a demolition permit for the Silverdome, which has been abandoned for several years.
Here's more from the press release:
The City of Pontiac has issued a demolition permit to the Adamo Group for the Pontiac Silverdome. The process will kick off on December 3, 2017 with a partial implosion of the mechanical equipment platform at the top of the 400,000 square-foot former home of the Detroit Lions. (In case of inclement weather, it will be December 10, 2017.)
The scheduled blast will break the metal beams that support the upper ring of the stadium; a 20-foot steel band that supported the equipment that was used to keep the roof inflated. Each vertical beam surrounding the Silverdome will house a small charge, which upon detonation; will cause the beams to brake and the steel ring to fall to the ground.
The remainder of the demolition process will be handled through the use of hydraulic excavators and will be completed in sections. 1,700 tons of structural steel and 1,800 tons of rebar will be recycled at the Ferrous Processing plant within the City, keeping seven workers busy for at least six months, though it will take approximately one year to complete the full demolition of the structure.
Mayor Deirdre Waterman worked tirelessly with the owners, Triple Investment Group, to achieve this success. “Farewell Silverdome, hello world of new opportunity”, Waterman said. “When the demolition is complete, the site will be one of the hottest properties in Southeast Michigan. The City of Pontiac is ready to work with any developers who want to optimize the potential of this property”.