Pontiac Silverdome built 'too well,' fails to implode

First phase of demolition at Pontiac Silverdome fails

The first series of explosions at the Pontiac Silverdome were set for Sunday, according to WDIV.

The blasts went off, the smoke wafted into the air and the cameras rolled.

Officials initally told WXYZ in Detroit that the explosive charges did their job and severed the steel support structure, but the stadium was "built a little too well".

Officials expect once the Silverdome is no more, the 127-acre site will be primed for new development. "It's going to take us a while to research it all".

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The Lions called the Silverdome home from 1975-2001 and the building sat largely vacant in the 16 years since they've moved out.

The venue hosted Super Bowl XVI, a mass by Pope John Paul II, the 1994 World Cup and performers including The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Metallica.

The city of Pontiac sold the stadium for less than $600,000.

The Lions began playing at Ford Field in 2002, and the inflatable dome above the stadium came down during a snowstorm. "The central location of Pontiac in Oakland County is a distinguishing fixture and the location of the Silverdome property itself is a draw and certainly a great asset for this particular location".

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