Just a year after the Silverdome was sold for less than $600,000, and mere weeks after lawsuits over the sale of it were dropped, the 'Dome's new owners have announced that it will be hosting an international soccer event near the end of the summer:â†µ
In the midst of World Cup fever, the new owners of the Pontiac Silverdome announced today that they will once again attempt to host an international soccer match.â†µ
Italy’s AC Milan and Greece’s Panathinaikos FC are scheduled to play Aug. 6 for the first time in North America.â†µ
The event, dubbed the "Match of the Titans," will be played on a natural grass surface that will be installed in the Silverdome for the event.â†µ
This is great news for the revival of the old Detroit Lions home that has tried everything over the years to make the 'Dome useful before finally selling it for a meager $583,000 last year.â†µ
There was a previous attempt to hold a five-team tournament in February, but that fell through to just a one match event. That was later bagged when the teams couldn't obtain their travel visas. The Silverdome hosted first round games for the World Cup in 1994, and as far as I know, that's the last time a soccer event of any significance has taken place at the venue in Pontiac.â†µ
Tickets for the AC Milan-Panathinaikos match are on sale now at SilverdomeTickets.com and at the Silverdome box office. Tickets range from $29.95 to $150.