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Pontiac Silverdome assets to be sold in auction

Pontiac Silverdome This is what the Pontiac Silverdome, located outside of Detroit, looks like now. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Pontiac Silverdome, once home to the NFL's Detroit Lions and the NBA's Detroit Pistons, has certainly seen better days and now the owners are having an auction to sell parts of the stadium, reports the Associated Press.

The Lions played in the Silverdome until 2002, when the team moved into its new digs at Ford Field in downtown Detroit.

The stadium is now in ruins: the roof is partially ripped off, the turf is covered in a foot of water and mold has spread around the facility. Workers even had to scare off foxes that were living in a section of the lower bowl.

The stadium, which seats 80,000 spectators, has hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup and WrestleMania.

The owners of the building are essentially having a midnight madness sale, saying everything must go in an auction that will start Wednesday and will run through May 29. Triple Investment Group LLC bought the Silverdome for $583,000 in 2009.

Among the items up for sale are flat-screen televisions, pretzel warmers, a boxing ring, a Zamboni turf machine and scoreboards.

"Every item starts at $5. If we don't get that, it goes in the garbage," said Jim Passeno of RJM Auctions, which is handling the online auction. "The assets are just getting destroyed by this open-air environment."
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