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Jun 11, 2015

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground

Tyler Fernengel – an up and coming BMX star – sessions the abandoned Silverdome in Pontiac, MI, making the desolate stadium his own playground. Fernegel, a native of Wyandotte, Michigan, just south of the Motor City, grew up going the best sports spectaculars at the stadium, and even raced Supercross
there as a young boy. At 16, Fernengel turned pro after releasing several web edits detailing his remarkable skills as a street style BMX competitor. Though he recently moved to San Diego to pursue his career – he has always considered Michigan home, and returned to his childhood stomping grounds for the ride of his burgeoning career in the desolate and empty Silverdome.

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait at Frank in downtown Austin, Texas, USA Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel rides along the former playing surface at the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait in the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel leaps out of a clubhouse window at the abandoned Silverdome during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel relaxes between takes at the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel jumps out of a balcony window at the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel rides the roof of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 13 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel checks out a line on the roof of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a wallride inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 13 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel tricks down a set of stairs at the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 12 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel grinds a set of rails the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 12 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel grinds a set of rails in the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a no-hander the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 12 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel walks his bike along the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 12 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel leaps over a balcony at the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait inside the clubhouse of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait on the roof of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel shoots a photo of his bike inside the clubroom of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 10 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel helps clear an area in the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 10 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel tricks on the former playing surface of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 10 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Joe Gall/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait atop the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel walks through a sea of half-destroyed seats inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel explores the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel looks into the vast destruction of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger/Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel inside the clubhouse of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel tries out a propane torch the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 12 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel looks at the vast destruction from the top of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel looks into the vast destruction of the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 11 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel poses for a portrait inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a no-hander inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 12 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a no-hander inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 12 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs an over-tooth grind inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 13 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a tailwhip inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 13 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a hang-five inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 13 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a wallride-to-180 inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 13 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a bunnyhop barspin at the highest point atop the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

BMX Pro Tyler Fernengel Makes the Silverdome His Deserted Dream Playground
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Tyler Fernengel performs a massive 360 barspin inside the abandoned Silverdome Stadium during Red Bull Revival in Pontiac, MI, USA, on 14 May, 2015. Ryan Fudger /Red Bull

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