The Silverdome's new Canadian owners say they plan to host six to eight events this year in the stadium that has sat dormant since the Detroit Lions football team left eight years ago.

Triple Investment Group LLC announced Thursday a monster truck and motorsports show on April 17 will be its first event in the 35-year-old venue in suburban Detroit.

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Toronto-based Triple Investment Group LLC bought the Pontiac Silverdome for $583,000 US at auction last year. ((Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press) )

The Green Soccer Bowl featuring World Cup-bound Ghana and Nigeria will follow in May.  

The Toronto-based company bought the 80,000-plus seat facility for $583,000 US last year at auction.

The Lions moved back to downtown Detroit in 2002 and the Pistons basketball team moved from the Silverdome to the Palace of Auburn Hills in 1988.

The Silverdome also has hosted Pope John Paul II, Elvis Presley and WrestleMania III.