The Lions returned to downtown Detroit in 2002, leaving the 80,000 seat Silverdome, vacant. Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Auction of tattered Pontiac Silverdome postponed

The once fabled but now deflated, Pontiac Silverdome hasn’t hosted a Lions game since 2001, and for now the stadium still stands in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac, Mi. While an everything-must-go auction is set to take place, it has been postponed — for now.

RJM Auctioneers of Plymouth, which is in charge of the auction, posted a notice of the delay on its website:

“Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, this auction has been postponed for approximately three weeks. There will no longer be a live inspection period, bidding will be by photo only. Watch the website for further details.”

Once the auction does eventually commence, prospective buyers will be able to purchase anything and everything inside the former home of the Detroit Lions. Signs, seats, fork lifts, generators, soap dispensers, parking lot lights, cappuccino machines, even a Zamboni will be up for grabs to the highest bidder.

The no-reserve auction was set to begin Wednesday and wrap up May 28th and 29th.

When the 80,000 seat Silverdome was completed in 1975, it was top-of-the-line. It played host to everything from the Super Bowl, to The Pope, to WrestleMania. As the old adage goes though, nothing good lasts forever.

After the Lions moved back to downtown Detroit in 2002, smaller venues like concerts and monster truck rally’s used the vacated stadium to host their events. Smaller crowds however, simply couldn’t pay the bills. In 2009 the Silverdome was sold for a measly $583,000.

Now, with the roof deflated, the field afloat, weeds sprouting, and the inside crumbling, some Lions fans have associated years of losing with the Silverdome and said “good riddance” to the shuttered building. For me however, different memories come to mind. Memories of the greatest Lion of all-time, Barry Sanders running up and down the field, making defenders miss when you thought it impossible. Memories of my first Lions games as a kid. Memories of why I fell in love with the game of football in the first place.

It remains unclear what will happen to the Silverdome once its remaining contents are sold or thrown away. While you wait to find out, you can peruse the lists of Silverdome assets and plan your bids accordingly.


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