Silverdome sold for $583k
From Mark Guarino at CS Monitor…..New tale of Detroit’s woe: Pontiac Silverdome sold for $583,000
Ever want to own a domed football stadium?
The question was a plausible one Monday when it was announced that the Pontiac Silverdome — once home to the NFL’s Detroit Lions — was sold for $583,000, or about 1 percent of the $55.7 million it took to build in 1975.
The Silverdome, an 80,300-seat stadium located in Pontiac, Mich., is the latest example of how comprehensively the recession has socked southeastern Michigan.
Mass layoffs and automotive plant closures have wreaked havoc on the local economy. Budget deficits are deep, foreclosures are widespread, and the population shrinking – from about 2 million people in the 1960s to about 900,000 today.
The article doesn’t mention if the buyer assumed any debt as part of the purchase. And apparently the sale is on hold.
The real cost to the buyer isn’t this initial layout, most likely it’s the cost of converting the property into something that is revenue generating — they’ve envisioned a soccer stadium — not to mention the continuing cost of maintenance.