Pontiac Silverdome finally blown up, more or less

The Pontiac Silverdome is down. Repeat: The Pontiac Silverdome is down.

Demolition company president Richard Adamo said his company “couldn’t find the cords we believe were severed” that foiled the previous demolition attempt, so they decided to “reload the building the shoot it again.” Which presumably means workers had to go back inside a stadium that was teetering on the brink of collapse to load it up with more explosives — that’s the video that I want to see.

(Also, it looks to me like this explosion only knocked down the top half of the upper deck. Enh, good enough for government work.)

12 comments on “Pontiac Silverdome finally blown up, more or less

  1. Adamo is a government company? Holy hell they have a good racket then, considering all of the historic building demo contracts they’ve been funneled over the years.

  2. What do you think, Neil, did the Silverdome have a legit 80,000 capacity? I’ve been going back and forth on Twitter about whether the real number was more like 72,000.

    • So sorry — there was nothing in the code that said autoplay, and my ad blocker was preventing me from seeing it. Let me try to disable it now.

      • I took out the video embed entirely — for those who want to see the Silverdome upper deck partly fall down, click through on the link.

  3. The plan was only to take off the ring around the upper deck.

    A large part of the stadium is dug into the ground which made imploding the whole thing, like the Georgia Dome, impractical.

    Removing the ring made it safer for the demolition machines that’ll take the rest down.

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