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Date Opened Aug. 23, 1975
Venue Capacity 80,311
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Venue Address 1200 Featherstone Road
Pontiac, MI 48342

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The Pontiac Silverdome is a domed stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, a satellite city of Detroit.

The decision to build a domed stadium in Pontiac took place after a late-season football game at Tiger Stadium resulted in a half-dozen pairs of shoes being lost beneath the muddy surface and not recovered until the next spring. Completed in 1975 (as the Pontiac Metropolitan Stadium, or PonMet Stadium for short) at a cost of $55.7 million, the Silverdome seated 80,311. It contained 102 luxury suites and 7,384 club seats.

he original silver roof was built of Teflon-coated fiberglass panels, and supported by air pressure inside the stadium (anyone who has attended an event at the Silverdome is familiar with the ear-popping "wind tunnel" effect at the entrances). The roof was replaced by a new canvas fabric reinforced by steel girders after a freak spring snowstorm on March 4, 1985 caused structural damage to the old roof.

Annually, Jehovah's Witnesses used the Silverdome from the late 80's to 2004. Due to talk of renovation in 2004, the Witnesses opted to travel to The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, and the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio for their District Conventions.

The Silverdome was the brief home to the Silverdome Drive In Movies. Opening in 2003 with 2 screens, a 3rd screen was later added. The Silverdome Drive In ran in the Summers of 2003 - 2005. The Drive In opened for a short stint in 2006, but as of 2007 it is closed.

The Silverdome was used for Monster Jam on January 7, 2006. It was also used as a practice facility for the AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl XL, with the NFL adding FieldTurf, which was later donated to a local high school. There was also a celebrity flag football game that Saturday which served as the last football event ever at the Silverdome.

The City of Pontiac recently awarded a purchase bid of the Silverdome to InspireVision for $30,000,000. The faith based group plans to use the Silverdome as a "family entertainment center". Events they wish to bring include Family Shows, Sporting Events, Concerts, Action Sports, Festivals, Conventions, and TV Productions. While agreements have not been finalized as of November 9th, 2007, InspireVision is selling shares for the Silverdome. For $100 each you will receive benefits as long as you are a shareholder. Shareholder benefits include $10.00 prices on concert tickets, a wellness program, and savings on a food distribution system. Negotiations are still being worked out with the City of Pontiac and the whole deal at this point is tentative but is expected to go through.

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