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Detroiturbex.com - Pontiac Silverdome
The new owner of the Silverdome was real estate magnate Andreas Apostolopoulos, of the Toronto-based Triple Investment Group.
Apostolopoulos envisioned bringing a major league soccer team to the stadium, and began making $6 million dollars in upgrades and improvements in March of 2010.
Concession and VIP areas were refurbished, wireless Internet access was upgraded, and the Main Event restaurant was outfitted with flat-screen televisions.
The Silverdome held its first major event in several years with a monster truck rally in April, with other events including a boxing match, concerts, and the championship of the American Ultimate Disc League.
In August, a soccer match between AC Milan and Panathinaikos brought 30,000 fans.
In June of 2011, Triple Sports & Entertainment formally applied for an expansion Major League Soccer franchise.
proposed dividing the interior into two levels, with a 30,000 seat soccer stadium on top and possibly two smaller arenas underneath.
The roof would be removed, eliminating the need for the costly air circulation system and allowing in sunlight.
We continue to assess the status ...
We continue to assess the status of the building to determine its viability as a venue for sports and entertainment events, Andreas Apostolopoulos, president of Triple Investment Group, said in a statement.
I can't seem to find any ...
I can't seem to find any personal contact for Triple Properties CEO Andreas Apostolopoulos, but perhaps a phone call or letter to Triple Properties telling them how important this building is to the city may have an effect.
Built Heritage News - Issue No. 200 | September 4, 2012
Andreas Apostolopoulos recently paid just $700,000 (U.S.) for a second Detroit architectural gem, the Beaux-Arts-style State Savings Bank, but he says he hopes to raze it, or strip it down to its stunning facade, to create a parking garage.
"I'd like to tear it down, but I have a lot of paperwork to do with the city first," Apostolopoulos
said in a telephone interview on Monday.
"I don't want to do anything that isn't good for the city, but we do need parking downtown."
The notion of losing another heritage monument to the car - dozens of derelict old buildings have been torn down in Detroit and turned into parking lots over the last decade - has mobilized preservationists who've been working to turn around the struggling downtown.
Apostolopoulos, founder of Triple Properties Group, is on a major acquisition spree, convinced that Detroit real estate prices can only go up.
London Olympics Nix | Pontiac Summit
Andreas Apostolopoulos, owner of Toronto-based Triple Properties Inc., hopes to make an announcement in January about which teams will use the facility, the Detroit Free Press reports.
"I like sports, and I like being involved with sports, so I hope to bring sporting events people will like," he said Wednesday.
"I'm not just thinking soccer but football or baseball or whatever.