On August 23, 1975, the Pontiac Silverdome opened its doors for the first time when the Detroit Lions hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in a preseason game. Now we have learned that the former stomping ground for Barry Sanders will be demolished this summer.
That reminded us to think back about all of the great moments that have taken place there. Here is a list of the Top 10 moments in Pontiac Silverdome history.
What is your favorite Silverdome moment of all-time? Let us know in the comments section.
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10. Monster Truck Rallies
If you never had the opportunity to go to a monster truck rally at the Silverdome, you are just not complete! Sure you went home with 50% of your hearing, but it sure was worth it.
9. Lions Fans Roar
One thing about watching Lions games at the Pontiac Silverdome was that the crowd could be absolutely electric! On December 21, 1997, the Lions were actually warned for excessive crowd noise.
Lions fans ROCK!
8. Macho Man vs. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat Wrestle Mania III
Back in the day, I was quite the wrestling fan and when I found out that Wrestle Mania III was going to be held at the Pontiac Silverdome, I remember being so excited!
Anyone who was able to see Wrestle Mania III is sure to remember the classic match between the Macho Man and Ricky ‘the Dragon’ Steamboat.
7. 1979 NBA All-Star Game
Many do not recall that the Silverdome hosted the 1979 NBA All-Star Game. The game was won by the West by a score of 134-129 and featured players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bob Lanier, Julius Erving, and Pete Maravich.
6. 1994 World Cup
In 1994, the Pontiac Silverdome had the honor of hosting the FIFA World Cup. When the United States took on Switzerland on June 18th, 1994, it was the first World Cup game to take place indoors. The teams tied 1-1.
5. Super Bowl XVI
On January 24th, 1982, the Pontiac Silverdome was host to Super Bowl XVI. The game was won by Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 26-21 over the Cincinnati Bengals.
4. Hulk Hogan defeats Andre the Giant at Wrestle Mania III
In what many consider to be one of the most hyped wrestling matches of all-time, Hulk Hogan defeated Andre the Giant in front of 93,173 screaming fans at the Pontiac Silverdome.
3. Barry Sanders 2,053
In what was one of the greatest moments in Detroit Lions history, the great Barry Sanders rushed for 184 yards in the final game of the season to give him 2,053 yards for the season. It was the only season of Sanders career that he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark.
2. 1988 NBA Finals
In 1988, the Detroit Pistons played the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals with games 3, 4 and 5 being played at the Silverdome. Game 5 saw the Pistons pull out a 104-94 win as Adrian Dantley scored 25 points. The win gave the Pistons a 3-2 series lead, only to see the Lakers storm back in games 6 and 7 to win the championship.
1. Lions Defeat the Cowboys in the Playoffs
The Detroit Lions 1991 NFL Playoff victory over the Dallas Cowboys remains the franchise’s lone playoff win since 1957. Who would have thought this much time would have passed without winning another playoff game?