We’ve highlighted the derelict Pontiac Silverdome before, but now there’s a whole new spin on it.
Wyandotte native Tyler Fernengel and Red Bull teamed up to do a video of him as the last professional athlete to perform in what has fallen victim to nature’s power due to the lack of care and investment at the former home of the Detroit Lions.
Fernegel, from the suburb of Wyandotte, just south of Detroit, grew up going to the best sporting events at the stadium and even raced Supercross there as a young boy. At just 16, Fernengel turned pro after releasing several web edits detailing his remarkable skills as a street style BMX competitor.
In an interview with Red Bull, Fernengel shared his first experience with the now empty stadium.
I was 3 years old. And I had just gotten my first dirt bike. It may have been the first race I ever did — my Dad entered me in the amateur supercross races held at the Silverdome; amateurs would compete the day before the pro supercross. I raced there every year until I was 10 years old.
What do you think should happen with the Silverdome? What about the idea of BMX through the old zoo on Belle Isle? Here’s a video tour inside the gates of that space, too.