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In this Monday, May 12, 2014 photo, tree seedlings grow on the turf of the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, Jim Passeno, of RJM Auctions, walks on sand accumulated on the field inside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, a light shines in the area of Barry Sanders' locker inside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, a sign for RJM Auctions is seen outside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, the player's tunnel to the Pontiac Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, glassware is setup for auction inside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, the interior of the Pontiac Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich. The venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, the interior of the Pontiac Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich. The venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this Monday, May 12, 2014 photo, Jim Passeno of RJM Auctions moves a trailer next to the Detroit Pistons scoreboard on the Pontiac Silverdome's property in Pontiac, Mich. The venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, audio visual equipment up for auction is seen inside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, pieces of the Pontiac Silverdome's roof are seen inside the stadium in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
This May 12, 2014 photo, shows Conrad Bowman, of RJM Auctions, taking inventory of the Pontiac Silverdome map inside the stadium in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, the interior of the Pontiac Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, foundation sand from cracked cement covers seats inside the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
In this May 12, 2014 photo, the interior of the Pontiac Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich. The 80,000-seat indoor stadium hosted the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, Wrestlemania, a papal visit and concerts by Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Nowadays, the venue is a shell of its former self with its roof in tatters and a lack of electrical power that has left the stadium’s innards dark and mold-covered. The Silverdome’s current owner is determined to cash in before it’s too late, putting everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
FILE - In an August 24, 1975 file photo, a crowd of 62,094 fans watch the Detroit Lions beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the home opener in the new 80,000 seat structure in Pontiac, Mich. The photo shows the still-unfinished dome, which was not yet inflated. A judge cleared the way Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 for Canadian company Triple Properties Inc. to pay $583,000 for the Pontiac Silverdome, built for $55.7 million in 1975 to house the NFL's Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/File)
UNITED STATES - MAY 08: Photo of CONCERT and CROWDS and AEROSMITH; aeriel shot of The Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan, (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders (20) bounces outside to daylight during the NFL Wildcard Playoff, a 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 1994, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. (Photo by Betsy Peabody Rowe/Getty Images)
Detroit Lions running back Billy Sims waves to fans after a 27-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., September 26, 1980. With 27 carries for 157 yards, Sims becomes the second Lion to rush for more than 100-yards, tying the mark set by Nick Pietrosante in 1960. (AP Photo/Richard Sheinwald)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 1982 file photo, former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden, now a commentator for CBS Television practices the electronic charting device 'Telestrator' that he will be using to illustrate plays during the Super Bowl at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. Madden, the burly former coach who has been one of pro football's most popular broadcast analysts for three decades, is calling it quits. Madden worked for the past three seasons on NBC's Sunday night NFL game. His last telecast was the Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/File)
A road grader clears the parking lot outside of Pontiac's Silverdome, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1982, after an overnight storm dumped snow and freezing rain on the area. The San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals square off Sunday in Super Bowl XVI in the Silverdome. (AP Photo)
San Francisco giants quarterback Joe Montana toys with a football while on the artificial turf of the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 1982. The team began practice without pads as they entered the final stages of preparation for super Bowl XVI. (AP Photo)
The Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., is shown as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Detroit Lions in the second quarter Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
The crowd cheers at the Pontiac, Mich., Silverdome as the United States and Switzerland played their World Cup soccer championship Group a first round match on Saturday, June 18, 1994. The match in the Silverdome was the first World Cup game ever played indoors. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh)
The Pontiac Silverdome is shown in this 1986 photo. (AP Photo)
Pontiac Silverdome worker Cruz Torres puts a coat of paint on the goalposts on Saturday, Jan. 23, 1982 in Pontiac as the finishing touches were being put on the stadium for Sunday Super bowl XVI game. Over his head is the translucent dome of the stadium. (AP Photo)
Mark Elmlinger, left, from Cincinnati, wears tiger stripes on his face and a Bengals conehead hat, as he is joined in Pontiac’s Silverdome on Sunday, Jan. 24, 1982 by San Francisco 49ers fan Ed Schmitt, of Palo Alto, Calif., who wears a 49ers goal post hat. The two got together prior to Super Bowl XVI, to be played Sunday between the two clubs. (AP Photo)
N'Sync performs on Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Warner)
The Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. For a little more than $7 a seat, a Canadian company is about to buy the Silverdome and its 127-acre site from hard-pressed city of Pontiac. A judge cleared the way this week for sale of the 80,300-seat stadium for $583,000, or about a quarter cent on the dollar it cost to build in 1975 ($220 million in today's dollars) as home for the NFL's Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. For a little more than $7 a seat, a Canadian company is about to buy the Silverdome and its 127-acre site from hard-pressed city of Pontiac. A judge cleared the way this week for sale of the 80,300-seat stadium for $583,000, or about a quarter cent on the dollar it cost to build in 1975 ($220 million in today's dollars) as home for the NFL's Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
This is the interior of the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., is shown on Jan. 30, 2006. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be praticing here this week preparing for Super Bowl 40 Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2005, file photo, the Silverdome is seen in Pontiac, Mich. A judge has cleared the way for the city to sell the stadium that was once home to the NFL's Detroit Lions to a Canadian company for $583,000. The Lions abandoned the 80,300-seat Silverdome in 2002, when they moved to Detroit's Ford Field. Pontiac has been spending $1.5 million a year to maintain the largely unused stadium. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Ivan Alvarez of Monteria, Columbia, right, dodges a punch by Junior Jones of Brooklyn, NY, Friday, Dec. 6, 2002, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. Alvarez won the junior lightweight fight by unanimous decision. (AP Photo/John F. Martin)
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By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- The Pontiac Silverdome was the place Elvis, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones played. And Pope John Paul II prayed. It's where Barry Sanders and Isiah Thomas became Detroit sports legends.

A marvel of 1970s-era engineering, the stadium covered by a 10-acre, Teflon-covered roof supported by air once was THE place to see big events - the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the World Cup, WrestleMania.

Nowadays, the 80,000-seat venue north of Detroit is a shell of its former self. The unforgiving Michigan weather shredded its roof, long strands of which hang from high above or are crumpled on the stadium floor.

The elements have wreaked havoc. Without electricity, the stadium's innards are dark and mold-infested. The weed-covered turf, on which Sanders once made tacklers look silly, is floating on a foot of water like an oversized lily pad. Workers scared off a pair of foxes living underneath the roof remnants that cover a section of Honolulu blue chairs in the lower bowl.

The Silverdome's current owner - an investment company that tried to revive interest by holding events such as soccer and boxing in recent years - is determined to cash in before it's too late, putting pretty much anything and everything inside up for auction starting on Wednesday.

"Every item starts at $5. If we don't get that, it goes in the garbage," said Jim Passeno of RJM Auctions, which is handling the online auction that runs through May 29.

Among the 4,000 items available for bidding are pretzel warmers, a boxing ring, a Zamboni turf machine, flat-screen televisions and scoreboards. A pre-auction sale of Silverdome seats is already underway.

Triple Investment Group LLC, which acquired the Silverdome for just over a half-million dollars in 2009, hasn't said what it intends to do with the structure, Passeno said, putting its future in doubt - much like its older sibling to the south.

The Houston Astrodome's fate has been in limbo since voters last year failed to approve a referendum that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to convert the so-called Eighth Wonder of the World into a convention and event center. The iconic stadium, which opened a decade before the Silverdome, fell into disrepair. Stadium seats, pieces of artificial turf and other items were sold to the public late last year.

The Silverdome's auction includes the old scoreboard used by the NBA's Pistons, as well as a section of the end-zone turf used by the Lions before the NFL team moved to Ford Field in 2002.

And while Passeno has heard from a number of Elvis fans clamoring for memorabilia related to the King's show here, alas, it has left the building.

Still, time is running short to take home a piece of Silverdome history, Passeno said.

"The assets are just getting destroyed by this open-air environment," he said.

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