The Pontiac Silverdome is a domed stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, a satellite city of Detroit. It hosted the Detroit Lions of the NFL from 1975–2001, the Detroit Pistons of the NBA from 1978–1988, the Michigan Panthers of the USFL from 1983–1984, the college football Cherry Bowl in 1984 and 1985 and Motor City Bowl from 1997 until 2001, the MHSAA football state finals from 1976–2004, and four first-round games during the 1994 World Cup.
For the World Cup games, a natural grass surface capable of growing inside the dome was developed and installed by a team from Michigan State University. This grass surface was laid upon wooden pallets atop the artificial turf that is usually used. It was the first time that World Cup games were played indoors.
The Silverdome also hosted the 1979 NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl XVI on January 28, 1982, and the 1988 and 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Midwest Regionals. In 1987, Pope John Paul II celebrated mass there. Elvis Presley also performed a concert there in 1975, and had vowed to play there every other year. Unfortunately, the 1977 show never happened due to his untimely death. On March 29, 1987, the World Wrestling Federation's WrestleMania III established the largest indoor attendance record for a sporting event, with a crowd of 93,173 in attendance.
On July 15, 1994, English rock band Pink Floyd performed their classic album The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for the first time since 1975. They played two shows on what turned out to be the band's final North American tour in 1994 in support of their album The Division Bell.
After the Lions relocated, activity in the Silverdome dropped drastically. However some usage was still present. Annually, Jehovah's Witnesses used the Silverdome from the late 1970s to 2004. Due to talk of renovation in 2004, the Witnesses opted to travel to The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, and the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio for their District Conventions.
The Silverdome was the brief home to the Drive-in movies. Opening in 2003 with two screens, a third screen was later added. The Silverdome Drive In ran in the summers of 2003–2005. The Drive In opened for a short stint in 2006, but as of 2008 it is closed.
The Silverdome was used for Monster Jam on January 7, 2006. It was also used as a practice facility for the AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers for Super Bowl XL, with the NFL adding FieldTurf, which was later donated to a local high school. There was also a celebrity flag football game that Saturday which served as the last football event ever at the Silverdome. The Monster Truck BIGFOOT made its first public exibit of car crushing ever at the Dome.
Many attempts to sell the Silverdome have failed, however it was reported on July 10, 2008 that the Pontiac City Council had voted 4–2 to approve the $20 million sale of the arena to help solve the city's financial issues.