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Preservation groups, PAC working to save Astrodome
Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 5:48 PM EDT | Juan A. Lozano

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 stadium’s 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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TOPICS: Local News; Sports
KEYWORDS: astrodome; houston

1 posted on 09/13/2013 7:26:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

There is a special kind of stupid that emanates from downtown Houston.


2 posted on 09/13/2013 7:28:05 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives when they fail blame others and do the same thing again expecting different results)
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To: Olog-hai

At this point, they probably need to combine it with Astroworld.


3 posted on 09/13/2013 7:30:56 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Olog-hai

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.


4 posted on 09/13/2013 7:35:26 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: Pan_Yan

All they have to do is raise the money to buy it and preserve it themselves.


5 posted on 09/13/2013 7:37:13 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL
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?

6 posted on 09/13/2013 7:38:32 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: Olog-hai

If they can buy it, make it usable and keep up the taxes then let them have it. It has no historic value.


7 posted on 09/13/2013 7:53:55 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The Presidency is broken.)
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To: Olog-hai

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...


8 posted on 09/13/2013 7:54:49 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Worked for Seattle!


9 posted on 09/13/2013 7:57:59 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: rfp1234

Kingdome. It wasn’t even paid off when they demo’ed it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiftDBtCFt8


10 posted on 09/13/2013 8:04:13 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Olog-hai
Got to see Nolan Ryan pitch against the Cardinals there. Saw Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra and Trini Lopez play there at a HHH campaign stop.

The Astrodome

11 posted on 09/13/2013 8:04:33 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

I had a lot of fun there, and got away with a lot.


12 posted on 09/13/2013 8:10:03 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Libertarians, the left's social agenda with conservatism's economics, which is impossible of course)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
Heck, I haven't lived in Houston in 15 years and thought the Astrddome had already been razed. LOL.

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.

13 posted on 09/13/2013 8:15:34 PM PDT by Hootowl99
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To: Liberty Valance
Yep, Nolan Ryan was at his peak of physical + maturity during his Astros tenure. Amazing! I still remember the POW of his fast ball hitting the catchers mitt. High 90’s to a bit more on the fastball, about 94 on the change up and his curve ball strike out pitch in the mid-90s. I think batters had to start their swing about the time he was getting ready to release. LOL! When Ryan was on he dominated.
14 posted on 09/13/2013 8:28:30 PM PDT by Hootowl99
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To: Olog-hai

I remember when the dome was nothing but a big hole in the ground. It was a true wonder when it was completed.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 8:32:44 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: PAR35; RetiredTexasVet

they probably need to combine it with Astroworld.”

What 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.


16 posted on 09/13/2013 8:42:44 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: TexasRepublic

17 posted on 09/13/2013 8:44:47 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Olog-hai

perhaps the land could be re-purposed as
a parking lot.


18 posted on 09/13/2013 8:48:53 PM PDT by RockyTx
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To: Liberty Valance
George Strait - Amarillo By Morning (Live From The Astrodome)
19 posted on 09/13/2013 8:50:50 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Olog-hai

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)


20 posted on 09/13/2013 8:52:14 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

Greatest moment in Astrodome History

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haF__EN0_fs


21 posted on 09/13/2013 8:53:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DeFault User
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)

The Astrodome was somewhat of an improvement over Colt .45 Stadium, was it not?

I can't say I missed the mosquitos...

22 posted on 09/13/2013 8:56:03 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: dfwgator

Ha!


23 posted on 09/13/2013 9:01:30 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: okie01

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.


24 posted on 09/13/2013 9:12:37 PM PDT by DeFault User
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This grassroots movement to save the Astrodome...pftttt....Astroturf.


25 posted on 09/13/2013 10:24:02 PM PDT by RBStealth
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To: Grams A
What Astroworld?

Last time I looked, it had been converted to a vacant field.

26 posted on 09/14/2013 6:59:35 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

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.


27 posted on 09/14/2013 9:18:38 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: RockyTx
perhaps the land could be re-purposed as a parking lot.

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.

28 posted on 11/04/2013 11:16:56 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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