A year ago, a group of investors offered $20 million to buy the Pontiac Silverdome, the seldom-used, dome stadium that used to be the home for the Detroit Pistons and Michigan Panthers. The deal eventually fell through. In a sign of the state of the commercial real estate market, the winning bid for the Silverdome in auction this week was $583,000.
It cost $55.7 million to build the stadium 35 years ago, but today the location where Pink Floyd surprised fans in 1994 by playing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for the first time since 1975 is worth less than the new houses down the street from me.
The lucky buyer is a Canadian company that is said to want to bring soccer to Detroit, but Major League Soccer disavowed any knowledge of these plans.
The whole situation seems suspect. What happened in the last year to drive the market price down from $20 million to less than a McMansion? Did the Canadians get a deal that’s too good to be true? Or should this be expected considering Pontiac’s proximity to Detroit, a city in desperate need of economic recovery?
Updated January 16, 2010 and originally published November 18, 2009. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @flexo on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.