WATCH: Golfers turn Detroit’s abandoned NFL stadium into driving range

Since it opened its doors back in 1975, the Pontiac Silverdome has been the host for a number of iconic events sports history.

The facility in Detroit, Michigan was the location for Super Bowl XVI, Wrestlemania III, the 1979 NBA All-Star Game, home games for the NFL’s Detroit Lions, home games for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, and a handful of games during the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Today the Silverdome is just another abandoned building in Detroit. Recently, some members of the popular television program Detroit Steel were granted access to the vacant building and they did what any other person would do when alone in one of the biggest stadiums in the country, hit some golf balls.

 

After doing some exploring and coming across some pretty cool areas of the stadium (including the owner’s box which belonged to the former owner of the Lions, William Clay Ford), the group settled on another part of the facility that was presumed to have previously been the location for the stadium’s luxury club.

From there, they enjoyed themselves as they launched some golf balls onto the field–probably where Hall of Fame running back, Barry Sanders, used to score touchdowns. This is the most action the stadium has had since closing its doors back in 2013.

The Silverdome used to be the home for some of the most memorable events in sports history. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The Silverdome used to be the home for some of the most memorable events in sports history. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The current owners of the Silverdome did submit a proposal for an MLS team back in 2011. If it was approved, a renovation of the facility was planned to divide the building into three separate venues, including a 30,000-seat outdoor soccer stadium.

The Silverdome was scheduled to be demolished in 2016, but those plans later fell through (likely through the roof that no longer exists). A demolition of the stadium is now rumoured to happen sometime in 2017, but no exact date has been set or confirmed.

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