Pontiac Silverdome to Clear House in Auction of Detroit Lions Memorabilia

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Friday, 21 Mar 2014 01:43 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Thousands of items from the Pontiac Silverdome, the former home of the Detroit Lions, are scheduled to be auctioned off this spring, including seats, signs, and the scoreboard, the building's owners announced this week.

The sports venue, which opened in 1975 and served as the NFL team's home through the 2001 season, is owned by Triple Investment Group. A pre-auction sale of Silverdome seats began this week, with prices starting at $100, and the official online auction is scheduled for May 12-16, Crain's Detroit Business reported.

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"If we can sell every seat, we'll sell every seat," Jim Passeno, facilities manager for RJM Auctions, told The Detroit Free Press.

The Silverdome had about 80,300 seats, though some were believed to have been ruined when the stadium's roof was damaged by a winter storm in January 2013.

Triple Investment Group bought the Silverdome from the city of Pontiac for $583,000 in a 2009 auction, according to the Free Press. A spokeswoman declined to address the building's future.

"We felt it was important that some of the artifacts and items that are no longer required be made available now to Silverdome fans here in Detroit and around North America," Andreas Apostolopoulos, the group's president, said in a statement. "We continue to assess the status of the building to determine its viability as a venue for sports and entertainment events. We are continuing to investigate all potential revenue options for the site."

In addition to the Lions, the Silverdome housed the NBA's Detroit Pistons (1978–88), the Detroit Express of the North American Soccer League (1978–80), and the Michigan Panthers of the U.S. Football League (1983–84). The Lions are now based downtown at Ford Field.

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