Wanna buy a stadium?

Remember the Detroit Lions?  Rumor has it that they maintain status as one of the top 32 franchises engaged in staging professional American football.  I’m fairly certain that they are still members of the National Football League, even if just one playoff victory in over 50 years helps keep their profile fairly anonymous outside of the greater Detroit area.

So, you may have missed the news that their one-time home, the Pontiac Silverdome, is being sold through auction to the highest bidder.  Yes, even you (if you can come up with the $250,000 deposit) can make a bid.  All the details of the auction (conducted by Williams & Williams) can be found here.

The Pontiac Silverdome

The Pontiac Silverdome

The city of Pontiac is looking to rid themselves of $1.5 million in annual upkeep costs and will be accepting sealed bids through November 12th.  You still have time to put your offer together and, if chosen as one of the top five bidders, may have the opportunity to participate in a live auction on November 16th.

Ray Ratto of cbssports.com (with tongue firmly in-cheek) suggests that the San Francisco 49ers make a bid to help solve their current stadium woes by arguing that the “socially responsible” thing to do with the Silverdome would be to “strip it down, put it in boxes and rebuild it like it was some galactic-sized Lego project.”

Fantastic call – and probably at least as likely as the recent failed effort to redevelop the 127 acre parcel into a horse racetrack, hotel and conference center.

There’s a moral to this story somewhere – though since it involves Detroit, it’s certainly not pretty.  But Michiganders have taken enough hits lately and I’m not about to pile on.

I am, however, looking for the funds to make a bid.  Interested in partnering up?  I’ve got the first $62.73.  By my calculations, that leaves us about  $249,937.27 short for the initial deposit.  Whad’ya think?  Seems like a great investment.  What could possibly go wrong?

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~ by acm213 on October 9, 2009.

One Response to “Wanna buy a stadium?”

  1. Brilliant!

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