Haunting photos show how run-down the abandoned Detroit Lions stadium has become

After 40 years, the former stadium of the Detroit Lions will be torn down this spring, according to The Detroit News.

The massive building cost $55.7 million to build when it was first constructed back in 1975. It hosted Super Bowl XVI in 1982, a Michael Jackson Victory Tour concert in 1984, the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and the legendary Wrestlemania III in 1987.

But by 2002, the Detroit Lions had moved into Ford Field in downtown Detroit and the Silverdome was abandoned.

Since then, it's been used only sporadically and suffered major damage after a 2013 winter storm destroyed its inflatable roof.

Photographer Johnny Joo gained access to the Silverdome back in 2014 and 2015. He toured the stadium with friends and shared his amazing pictures of the now-defunct building with Tech Insider.

See the incredible photos below:

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The abandoned Detroit Lions Stadium

The Silverdome will be demolished this spring 2016 after sitting virtually abandoned since 2002.

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In its heyday, it could seat more than 80,300 people.

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The building was home to the Detroit Lions from 1975 until 2002 and to the Detroit Pistons from 1978 until 1988.

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It's also been the location of a Super Bowl, a Michael Jackson concert, a 1987 mass conducted by Pope John Paul II, and the 1994 FIFA World Cup, just to name a few.

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The Detroit Lions left for Ford Field in 2002. In 2009, the building was sold at auction to a private owner for $583,000.

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In 2013, the building's inflatable roof was damaged during a winter storm. Scraps of the roof lay around the stadium today.

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Photographer Johnny Joo got access in 2014 and 2015 to take pictures of the abandoned property.

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His photos show that the building has significant damage from the elements.

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In addition, 19-year-old budding BMX rider and Michigan native Tyler Fernengel used the abandoned stadium to make a video for Red Bull.

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The shoot created some incredible visuals.

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The stadium is gutted after copper wiring, scoreboards, and other bits of memorabilia were all sold at an auction by the current owners.

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What remains behind is trash and everything that didn't get sold.

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Even the offices in the stadium now sit abandoned.

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As well as the team locker rooms and stadium bathrooms.

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The 127 acres the building sits on are now more valuable than the stadium itself.

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Currently, the land is being leased to a soccer league and car dealership.

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The stadium looks like it has been through a war.

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But this spring, the private owners intend to raze the Silverdome.

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The razing will take four to six months to complete.

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Then they plan to sell the land.

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One last look at the Silverdome.

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