By Ashley Scoby
The long-since-vacated Pontiac Silverdome is still crumbling to pieces. But if you want one of those pieces for your own home, now is your chance.
An online auction site is selling pieces of the turf for prices ranging from $25 to $1,000. This isn’t the first time that the Silverdome’s old turf was sold: Last year, turf was included in the sale of a wide range of equipment from the stadium that all sold for a combined $500,000 (scoreboards and copper wiring were all purchased then as well). This summer, the Silverdome’s relics made news again, when a Lions fan purchased a urinal from the abandoned stadium, which had been autographed by Barry Sanders.
This time around, the turf is being sold privately by RJM Auctioneers and is the same material that was played on from 1997 to 2002. During that span, the Lions compiled a 25-23 record at home. Sanders played on that field from 1997-98 before his retirement.
The Lions vacated the stadium in 2002, when they moved to Ford Field. Since then, the Silverdome has seen several refurbishment plans fail, and was listed for sale in June for $30 million. The roof collapsed in 2013, and has since been completely removed.