PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- A Detroit-
area attorney is set to buy the former home of the Detroit Lions for $20 million. The Pontiac City Council voted 4-2 Thursday night to approve selling the Silverdome to H. Wallace Parker of Bloomfield Hills.
The city and Parker have 90 days to survey the 127.5-acre property before closing on the deal. Parker plans a $175 million development at the site to add restaurants and other amenities, as well as renovate the 80,000-seat domed stadium to hold concerts and sporting events. The Detroit News reports Parker looked visibly surprised when the council approved his project. Two previous sale attempts in 2005 fell through, and talks with Parker broke down in February. The Lions left the Silverdome in 2002 to move to Ford Field in Detroit.