Skip to comments.Preservation groups, PAC working to save Astrodome
Posted on 09/13/2013 7:26:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
When it comes to the fate of the iconic but now shuttered and dilapidated Houston Astrodome, take your pick from a variety of sports clichés to describe the stadiums dire situation. The bottom of the ninth and down to the last out. On the ropes. A must-win ballgame.
A last-ditch effort has been organized to save the dome, with local and national preservation groups and a new political action committee banding together to come up with a solution for the stadium that involves rebirth and not razing the structure.
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There is a special kind of stupid that emanates from downtown Houston.
At this point, they probably need to combine it with Astroworld.
The Atlanta Falcons are geting ready to build a new billion dollar football temple even though the Georgia Dome is only about 20 years old. Oh, and they’ve only paid off half the bond for its original construction. Its stupid for local governments to get suckered into paying hundreds of millions for the work space of highly profitable private businesses. Then they get stuck with the rotting hulks after the vultures have suckered them again into building newer ones.
All they have to do is raise the money to buy it and preserve it themselves.
Why do that when with a little palm grease the flood gates of public money open up for you?
If they can buy it, make it usable and keep up the taxes then let them have it. It has no historic value.
Have we slipped into an alternate universe? I could have sworn I saw a video of the Astrodome being demolished a few years back. Maybe it was the Kingdome instead...
Worked for Seattle!
Kingdome. It wasn’t even paid off when they demo’ed it.
I had a lot of fun there, and got away with a lot.
When I was a kid in the 60’s it was a wondrous place. I still remember the original scoreboard when there was a home run. When I was an adult in the 80’s it was a cold concrete stadium with lousy sight lines, way to steep stairs (dangerous) and private sky boxes that were jokes.
The only thing ever note worthy was the original scoreboard with the raging bulls and six shooters. Blow it up or let 100% private bucks take any resurrection risk.
I remember when the dome was nothing but a big hole in the ground. It was a true wonder when it was completed.
they probably need to combine it with Astroworld.”
One of the commissioners was discussing the vast amount of money that would be required to tear it down because of all the various rules and regulations that need to be satisfied. Can’t remember the exact dollar figure but it was close to the cost to renovate it into usable space. It’s not like they can just go in, take a wrecking ball and bulldozer and haul it off in dump trucks - not even in Texas.
I would like to see it retained simply because it was one of the Wonders of the World. Besides it sure came in handy when we had to house all those folks from NOLA for Katrina. Maybe we could just round up all the Amish in Houston and start a Texas annex to Sheriff Joe’s jail in Arizona.
But I don’t live in the city any more so only have an opinion, not a vote and the $8.00 per residence increase in taxes won’t affect me.
perhaps the land could be re-purposed as
a parking lot.
As I recall, the Astrodome cost <$40 million to build. I suppose it will cost more to raze it.
I really have fond memories of that stadium, especially the comfort of watching baseball in Houston in 71 degree weather, beer in hand in a seat that set me back $2.50. (1966)
Greatest moment in Astrodome History
The Astrodome was somewhat of an improvement over Colt .45 Stadium, was it not?
I can't say I missed the mosquitos...
Yep, I would say that watching baseball without the mosquitoes and the oppressive summer heat near Beautiful Buffalo Bayou was a definite improvement.
The baseball was not always top notch, but there were moments: their catcher, John Bateman (IIRC)was built like an NFL nose tackle. A timeout was called one evening so that he could return to the dugout and change his pants after splitting them in a rather embarrassing play.
This grassroots movement to save the Astrodome...pftttt....Astroturf.
Last time I looked, it had been converted to a vacant field.
It does serve as a parking lot during the Rodeo and football games.
Went to Astroworld right before it closed. Had really been allowed to run down and lots of thugs running around. Really too bad. Never could understand why that happened.
Those parking spots would cost between $18,000-36,000 apiece (depending on who's estimate of the razing costs you accept). Pretty pricey parking lot.
And if they EVER build another structure on that piece of land, expect to be picking up the tab for more "Reliant Center halls" at the cost of $100,000,000 or more.
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