by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Pontiac Silverdome (Photo: CNN Newsource)
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – The Pontiac Silverdome was scheduled to be imploded after 44 years of existence on Sunday.
While a rumbling sound was heard at 8:30 am Eastern time, the implosion "was not as planned," according to WXYZ-TV. The City of Pontiac is looking at a Plan B but there is not a second implosion planned for Sunday.
The Detroit stadium hosted the Detroit Lions games until 2002 when Ford Field opened. The Detroit Pistons also played there from 1978 to 1988.
Various concerts and major events such as WrestleMania III, first games of the FIFA World Cup in 1994, Super Bowl XVI, the NBA All-Star Game in 1979 and the regional games in the NCAA Tournament were held during the existence of the stadium.
Performers have included The Who, The Rolling Stones, U2, Metallica and Bob Seger, according to MLive. Pope John Paul II also celebrated a mbad in the place that could house 82,000 people.
Pontiac Mayor Deidre Waterman said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the explosion lasted only six seconds.
"So do not hesitate to look or you'll lose all the action!" Waterman said.
The stadium has not had a constant active tenant since 2001 and the roof was destroyed in 2004. # Silververdome was a Twitter trending top topic on Sunday morning when fans shared their memories of the events they attended inside the stadium.
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