Tyler Fernengel just put the Silverdome back on the map.
No, the stadium that used to host the Detroit Lions isn’t reopening. It’s still wasting away in decrepit condition on an abandoned plot of land in Pontiac, Mich. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, which Fernengel, an up-and-coming BMX star, certainly proved in a recent video.
Fernengel teamed up with Red Bull to turn the Silverdome into his own personal playground, and the results were pretty spectacular.
The Michigan native told Red Bull he used to race in motocross events at the Silverdome when he was as young as 3, and the last time he’d visited the stadium was 10 years ago.
“When I showed up to scope for the shoot, so many memories were coming back,” Fernengel told Red Bull. “Just sitting in the tunnel — where you come out on the track and where the players would run out — I remembered sitting there, years ago, with my dad and all the other kids.”
The Lions left the Silverdome after the 2001 season when Ford Field opened, and the stadium closed in 2006. It re-opened briefly in 2010, but no one had performed in the stadium since.
Fernengel certainly changed that.