A start time and public viewing procedures have been set for a Sunday morning explosion that will kick off the yearlong demolition of the Pontiac Silverdome.
The city of Pontiac announced Tuesday that the small explosion is scheduled to happen inside the Silverdome at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The blast is needed to break metal beams on the perimeter of the stadium that once kept its roof inflated.
The Free Press will broadcast the explosion live on its Facebook page.
There will be a viewing area for the public to witness the explosion. That area is the Water Resources Commission's parking lot at 155 N. Opdyke Rd, situated at the southwest corner of North Opdyke and south of M-59.
All vehicles must be parked in the lot by 8:15 a.m., city officials said. There will be signs and people to help direct motorists into the lot. A portion of the parking lot will also be available for tailgating.
"It's going to be a very visible explosion," said Crystal Williams, a publicity coordinator for the event. "There will be a blast, there will be smoke, so you will be able to catch all of that.”
A VIP-only program with local dignitaries and professional athletes will precede the explosion and take place in the Silverdome's parking lot. City officials said this program is not open to the general public.
In case of inclement weather, the explosion and VIP event will be rescheduled to the following Sunday, Dec. 10.
After the explosion, the remainder of demolition work will be done with hydraulic excavators and completed in sections.
Detroit-based Adamo Group is under contract for the explosion and demolition work with the Silverdome's owner, Triple Investment Group. Triple Investment Group is responsible for all demolition costs.
Earlier this month, Adamo successfully imploded the Georgia Dome, the former home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. The Silverdome explosion will be much smaller than that blast.
The Silverdome's 127-acre site is expected to be easier to market for redevelopment once the derelict stadium is gone.
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