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The Pontiac Silverdome did not go down after attempted implosion


Updated December 03, 2017 09:02 AM EST

UPDATE: The Pontiac Silverdome was scheduled to be imploded after 44 years of existence on Sunday.

While a booming sound was heard at 8:30 a.m. eastern time, the implosion "did not go 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.

From Barry Sanders to Pope John Paul to Wrestlemania to Led Zeppelin, the Pontiac Silverdome hosted some of the biggest events in sports and American history. The facility which hasn't been used in years will say its final goodbye on Sunday with a partial implosion in Pontiac, MI, a suburb of Detroit. From its opening in 1975 until 2011, it was home to the Detroit Lions, while also being home to the Detroit Pistons during the 70s and 80s.

Silverdome crowd noise

The Silverdome also held some historical events like a mass held by Pope John Paul in 1987.

In 1987, with a record attendance of 93,173, the Silverdome held Wrestlemania III, with the main event being Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant.

The Pontiac Silverdome was also home to 1994 World Cup, Super Bowl XVI where the San Francisco 49ers won, and the 1979 NBA All Star Game.

After the partial implosion, it will take months for the Silverdome to be completely demolished.

Over the past few years, the facility was abandoned and the wear and tear of time took over.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman says the nearly 130-acre site will be "one of the hottest properties" for development in southeastern Michigan. The Silverdome is owned by Triple Investment Group.

Explore the abandoned Pontiac Silverdome

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