Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:03 am
Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:34 pm
Matt Ashton wrote:Very sad to see something like this happen to a stadium...
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/this-is- ... .sm2W58A7R
Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:24 am
Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:05 pm
Hank wrote:Actually, Pontiac is about 30 miles away from Detroit. The Silverdome was something of a crown jewel at a time when Pontiac was already a rapidly decaying suburb. I don't even want to think about what it might be like in Pontiac these days.
Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:09 pm
Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:19 pm
Bob-Holland wrote:Those images could have been taken from the brilliant series Life After People.
The series comes highly recommended!
Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:37 pm
Mister Moon wrote:Hank wrote:Actually, Pontiac is about 30 miles away from Detroit. The Silverdome was something of a crown jewel at a time when Pontiac was already a rapidly decaying suburb. I don't even want to think about what it might be like in Pontiac these days.
Thanks for the correction, Hank.
I have looked it up and, yes, it's exactly 31 miles away from Detroit itself. However, it's considered to be part of what they call "Metro Detroit".
Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:44 pm
Hank wrote:Pontiac is one of the larger Detroit suburbs, as it grew exponentially during the pre-WWII years when GM opened a bunch of auto factories there. Unfortunately, because of the factories, when the wealthier population fled Detroit for the suburbs beginning in the 1950's, they avoided places like Pontiac, and it evolved into one of Detroit's poorest suburbs. The Silverdome was intended to revitalize Pontiac, and putting a dome on the stadium was intended to attract the Super Bowl; unfortunately, as a tenant, the Lions were a substandard NFL ream for decades, seldom able to sell out home games, and when the Super Bowl was finally played in Pontiac in 1982, Michigan was in the midst of a winter which left many players, fans and the media essentially stranded in hotels with little to no nearby nightlife. (The media bitched especially loudly about Pontiac for years afterwards, resulting in Super Bowl after Super Bowl being played in southern locations such as Tampa and New Orleans with plenty of access to strip clubs and casinos; the Super Bowl wouldn't return to Michigan for nearly a quarter century, when it was played in downtown Detroit, providing much easier access to vice.)
The beginning of the end for the Silverdome as a concert site was when the nearby Palace of Auburn Hills opened in the late 1980's. Auburn Hills had been mostly farmland when the Silverdome opened, but as Pontiac continued to decline as one of Detroit's poorest suburbs, it generated suburban sprawl of its own, and Auburn Hills arguably developed into an upscale suburb of Pontiac.
Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:09 pm
Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:45 pm
Mister Moon wrote:Bob-Holland wrote:Those images could have been taken from the brilliant series Life After People.
The series comes highly recommended!
Yes, Bob, I have seen some of the episodes in that series and they are really interesting and well done.
I know they are available as DVDs. I may put them in my want list !
Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:56 pm
Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:25 pm
Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:43 am
Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:10 am
Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:32 pm
Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:31 pm
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:22 am
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:39 am
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:29 am
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:21 am
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:42 am
OnTourCam on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:39 am wrote:What about When Elvis played there in 75 was there any in house video screens or filming done to any of the corporate boxes ?
I'm still confused why they built such a stupid stage for the Elvis show ?
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:46 am
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:18 am
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:15 am
Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:19 am
vbgt on Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:15 am wrote:I attended that show. I can tell you that being there live, we didn't feel it was a lukewarm show. I have the soundboard for that show
Hosted by ElviCities