Skip to comments.What do we do with the Astrodome?
Posted on 03/22/2013 1:25:34 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
HOUSTON -- Behold what has become of the eighth wonder of the world. The Astrodome sits dark, dusty, dilapidated and haunted by Houstons history.
Giant signs touting bearing outdated logos for corporate sponsors like Continental Airlines hang over orange seats with ripped cushions. Skyboxes are furnished with outdated furniture and old Zenith television sets. Astroturf sits carelessly tossed on the stadium floor, folded over like discarded carpet left behind in an abandoned home.
What do I see? said Edgar Colon, chairman of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp., as he looked around the empty stadium. I see a lot of history.
Once a centerpiece of civic pride, the Astrodome now sits at the center of a squabble between civic leaders. On one side sits a couple of very influential tenants, the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which lease Reliant Stadium and Reliant Center. On the other side sits leaders of Harris County, which owns the complex that includes the long-vacant Astrodome.
For the Texans and the HLSR, the dome is the eyesore next door, a grungy and rundown neighbor next to one of the finest football stadiums in the nation.
For Harris County leaders, its an expensive and politically vexing conundrum thats costing millions of taxpayer dollars and will inevitably cost tens of millions more.
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Looks real good to me, have you seen the Detroit area lately?
Turn it over to DHS for a holding facility?
Clearly one man's "history" is another man's junk.
Make it the capitol building of the newly formed Republic of Texas.
Even though we taxpayers owed more on it in bonds than it cost to build originally due to municipal helocs.
Thank you Bart Peterson (D).
Temporary detainment processing for any incoming libtards to the state, before moving them on to NM.
I’m all for that!
Specifically, a photo of a rocket that coming within a couple of inches of the highest point of the dome.
When you grew up in Houston and in 1965 still did not have air conditioning and had endured non-air conditioned schools, then attending a Colt 45 (Houston Astros original name) game while sitting in a soft chair and with AC was a very space age experience.
We also saw the man with the jet pack flying around inside the Dome, America used to have a bright future before the immigration law was changed that year.
Rename it the Mickey Leland Great Hall of the Entitled Masses. No renovations necessary.
This next season will be the 49ers last at Candlestick Park. Plans have already been made to demolish candlestick. I hope the city sells the seats and other stuff from the stadium. I for one am ready to shell out some cash for 2 seats. Ive spent a lot of my childhood watching the Giants and the 49ers at Candlestick.
Houston could make some good money selling those Astrodome seats.
Make it the capitol building of the newly formed Republic of Texas.”
That would be great but Houston is not exactly the place to go to find Conservatives. Gay, liberal Mayor, liberal Chief of Police, City Hall filled with Sheila Jackson Lee supporters, Mexican dominant school system, single family housing in the Village and on Kirby being torn down and replaced with multi-story, multi-family Agenda 21 compliant structures, aging infrastructure including roads, sewer system and highways, huge and ever increasing gang membership, growing Muslim population, on direct drug route from Mexico border...
It was a great place to house refugees from Louisiana during Katrina though and could be used to house illegals if we had someone like Sheriff Joe. Since it already has a dome of sorts I’m surprised the Mussies don’t buy it and do the refurbishing.
Tear down or renovate the Astrodome for the Texans to play in. Reliant Stadium is so old and obsolete, it might even be over ten years old. Isn’t it time for the NFL to begin a new round of extorting $ for new stadiums?
One question, is it paid for yet?
Rename it the Mickey Leland Great Hall of the Entitled Masses. No renovations necessary.
How about the Quannel X Center for the Victimized with Made Up Names?
Funny how these “stadia” built in the ‘60s and ‘70s (maybe even later than that) are all obsolete and decrepit and in need of replacement and yet Fenway Park still stands at the age of 101 years and functions and sells out every seat for what is certainly one of professional sports most successful franchises. The only other place these days that is as iconic is probably Wrigley Field.
Use it as a hurricane shelter. :-)
I love Fenway Park.
Nope. The article says there is still $30 million in bonds still owing from the 80’s or 90’s.
We already have one, it’s in Austin.
How many cats do they have in there now?
Turn it into a mega-church.
Alternative use: New Magpul factory location.
Door #3: All of the above!
C'mon, it's *Texas*.
Me too. I love to watch games from there on my TV at home where I am much more comfortable.
The last time I was there was, I believe, 1994, the last game before the All Star Game that year of the strike. I don’t need to go back any more.
They should have told the Lastros to take a hike instead of building them a new playpen. There was nothing wrong the Dome. The loser Texannes didn’t need a new playpen either.(They’d be in last place too if they were in a real division- every other division team kicked their tails) The Dome would be fine for both of these losers.
Or maybe an armory. DHS an store all the bullets they bought there.
Fenway Park is a baseball park near Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts. Located at 4 Yawkey Way, it has served as the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox baseball club since it opened in 1912 and is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use.
Because of the ballpark's age and constrained location in the dense FenwayKenmore neighborhood, the park has had many renovations and additions over the years not initially envisioned, resulting in unique, quirky features, including "The Triangle", "Pesky's Pole", and most notably the famous Green Monster in left field. The Red Sox have sold out every home game since May 15, 2003; in 2008, the park sold out its 456th consecutive Red Sox game, breaking a Major League Baseball record. Fans who attended this game received gifts to celebrate this accomplishment.
As of July 17, 2012, the Red Sox have had 760 consecutive sellouts, which is the longest such streak in Major League Baseball history; the club, however, includes all tickets distributed (paid or free) when reporting attendance. The sellout streak is driven by the Red Sox's loyal fan base, the success of the Red Sox during this time (a winning record over nine seasons, during which time the team achieved at least 90 wins seven times, six playoff appearances and two World Series Championships), and Fenway Park's low capacity: fourth lowest in seating capacity and second lowest in total of all MLB stadiums; it is one of the seven MLB ballparks that cannot accommodate at least 40,000 spectators.
The last time I went there was in 2003 or 2004. It was wonderful. My husband has gone a number of times since then. He loves it, too.
My Dad (RIP) was from Connecticut and a big Boston fan.
We would go there on vacation when I was a kid.
I wouldn’t go within 500 miles of the place today.
Connecticut is a beautiful state. My husband went to school in Fairfield. A few years ago on our way back from Florida, he took a road that had beautiful views of the countryside, with some of the loveliest old bridges that I have ever seen.
I know it’s been years, but my uncle got the contract for most of the steel in the concrete for the Astrodome, Astro Domain and the parking areas. Got rich on that contract alone.
“How about the Quannel X Center for the Victimized with Made Up Names?”
Most people do not realize that QX makes his living on ‘rewards’ he collects for turning in his ‘bruthas’ who have committed crimes.
For one particular case in the early 2000s the reward was $25K.
In Seattle they blew the King dome up.
It blowed up real good.
That was done at Texas Stadium before the implosion. I got a couple of seats from there.
Can’t really disagree with you. Of course you know you have committed an unpardonable by saying anything good about the hated Evil Empire. Back in the ‘50s when I was a kid, the first thing I learned at my mother’s knee was to hate the Yankees. (My father didn’t give a hoot one way or the other but my mother sure did!)
Last big league stadium I was in was Milwaukee and that was VERY nice. Well located and I love the retractable roof. No more rainouts. It was open the night I was there - about a month before 9/11. Very pleasant, friendly and welcoming.
My a a Blues Brothers movie to gut the insides and then blow it up with a Die Hard over and again movie.
If nothing else a mushroom farm.
Fill it up with sickos of the like that kill babies and let them eat each other.
Send them from around the country.
Tear it down before New Orleans floods again!!
While we're at it, the New York Mets should also change their name. "Mets" sounds like a city in France.
But I do remember going to see Elvis at the Rodeo.
And Evil Knievil make some success jumps.
Connecticut may be a beautiful state but I make it a point to avoid driving through it whenever we go south. I only wish I could do the same for New York but it would mean a very long detour and involve a foreign country.
Within the next five years, due to lawsuits by the perpetually offended, the names of all sports teams will be changed to a random mix of numbers and letters.
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