One of, if not, the most iconic homes for maybe the most fondly-remembered Wrestlemania ever is set to be imploded in a few hours.
The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan was the home of Wrestlemania 3. The building will be imploded at 8am est on Sunday December 3rd. For those of you who are reading this before then and would like to see the demolition live you can do so at this link: https://www.facebook.com/pontiaccityhall/
Wrestlemania 3 took place on March 29th, 1987 and was subtitled "Bigger, Better and Badder." WWE claimed that the attendance consisted of 93,173 people (even though realistically it was more likely closer to a still-impressive 78,000), which was a record attendance of the largest live indoor event in North America at the time. This record itself stood until January 27, 1999.
The event was, of course, headlined by Hulk Hogan facing Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship and also featured the bodyslam heard round the world. This event also featured a classic match between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat that is still talked about to this day.
Pontiac, Michigan is a suburb 30 miles north of Detroit. The Silverdome was the home of the NFL Detroit Lions from January of 1992 until January of 2002. However, the building will likely be more remembered for the Wrestlemania 3 attendance. With the revitalization of Detroit, the Lions moved back to downtown Detroit in the fall of 2002 leaving the Silverdome vacant and obsolete.
It is without a doubt one of the most iconic images of a crowd for a wrestling show.
WWE will likely be heading to Detroit for Wrestlemania again in the very near future.