This Red Bull-sponsored film of Tyler Fernengel, an up and coming BMX star, shredding through the creepy post-apocalyptic remains of Detroit’s Silverdome stadium is both amazing to watch and poignant at the same time.
The stadium represents with a gravelly-voiced narration, as well.
“I remember it like yesterday,” it says. “The smell of fresh paint. The stands overflowing; a colosseum for the modern age. Forty years ago, I stood for Detroit.”
Check it out below.
Fernengel pedals through the outside ring of the stadium, launching off of ramps made of the detritus of the past. He grinds down stairway railings and launches himself off of the tops of the ruined pillars of a bygone age.
Sure, the narration is a bit on the pretentious side and it’s essentially an ad for an energy drink loaded with sugar and caffeine, but the film is beautifully shot and the tricks Fernengel achieves are pretty rad. I can barely ride my bike straight along a well-paved road.
“Forty years ago, I stood for Detroit,” says the Silverdome. “But my silver years are over now. The crowds are gone, and the artificial turf is covered in moss. They can knock down my walls, but no one can destroy what happened here, what was achieved here, and what we’ll always remember.”