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Dec 19, 2014

This Is What Happens When A Football Stadium Is Abandoned For 8 Years

Nature wins.

Located outside Detroit, the Pontiac Silverdome once hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, a visit from The Pope, the World Cup, and concerts by Elvis, Metallica, Elton John, NSYNC, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones.

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This is what it looks like today.

The Silverdome was completed in 1975 for $55.7 million.

In 2009, it was auctioned off for $583,000.

In 1988, the Silverdome hosted 60,000 people for an NBA playoff game between the Pistons and the Celtics.

AP RICHARD SHEINWALD

In 1982, the San Francisco 49ers won their first Super Bowl there.

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In 1994, the first World Cup match ever played indoors was held there.

AP John Discher

Today, the actual dome is completely gone.

The roof was deflated a few years ago for renovations...

...winter storms tore it apart...

AP Carlos Osorio

...and now it's an accidental outdoor stadium.

Moss and grass have taken over the luxury boxes...

...hot sauce bottles still intact...

...and everything is basically just rotting.

Earlier this year, the owners of the stadium were selling stadium seats for $100...

... and in October there was buzz that "exciting changes" were coming soon.

But basically all that's been done is "minor work."

They were planting trees in the parking lot.

I guess we'll see what happens next.

Here's a video inside the stadium. The parts on the actual AstroTurf are especially weird.

View this video on YouTube

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Most pictures were taken by Johnny Joo from the Urbex Facebook group.

Note: The stadium closed in February 2006 and briefly reopened in April 2010. As per the comments on Facebook, the Silverdome hosted sporadic events in 2011 and 2012.

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