BMX Rider Takes A Death-Defying Ride Through A Once Great Football Stadium

Jun 14, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
19-year-old Tyler Fernengel is an up-and-coming professional BMX rider, who just so happens to be a native of Wyandotte, Michigan, not far from Detroit. Recently, he paired up with Red Bull to be the last pro athlete to do his thing inside the famous Silverdome. Fernengel says that his first ever motocross race was at the stadium. This run was his first time being there in nine years, and he says he felt a great deal of nostalgia as he tore it up through the now-empty corridors.

The Silverdome was once home of the Detroit Lions and host to all sorts of memorable events from World Cup soccer games to WrestleMania III (a.k.a. when Hulk Hogan beat Andre the Giant), but now sits empty and abandoned, a testament to the ruin that has slowly encroached upon Detroit over the years. It was shut down back in 2006, but re-opened again in 2010 before finally shutting down in 2013. Since then, no plans to re-develop have been announced and parts of the stadium have been sold off while others, like the famous roof, have been lost to the elements.
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