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Fate uncertain, Astrodome sits in disrepair

Houston Astrodome Towers Demolished In Seconds

Demolition began on parts of the Houston Astrodome this week, and though its fate has not officially been decided, the rest of the structure could be razed. Voters rejected a referendum in November that would have turned the dilapidated stadium into a center for conventions and events. There's no alternative plan for the former home of the Astros and Oilers, though there are several options, the Associated Press reported in November.

On Sunday, three pedestrian ramps were demolished. The ramps were added to the stadium in the 1980s in a bid to improve conditions and keep the NFL's Oilers in Houston, according to the Associated Press. The Oilers moved to Nashville in 1997 anyway.

The first indoor baseball park, the Astrodome opened in 1965, at the height of the Space Age. It was considered an architectural marvel and was nicknamed the Eighth Wonder of the World.

The Astrodome has sat mostly empty since 1999, falling into disrepair amid debate over whether to raze it, restore it or simply allow it to sit. In 2005, it housed thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees for about 10 days, many of whom were transported from New Orleans.

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ptgee522 December 14 2013 at 10:22 PM

Lived in Houston as a child and was 5 mins. away from the Astrodome. I was a Houston Astros buddy and got game tickets and a carton of Borden's milk at each game. I saw Elvis Presley and David Cassidy (at the height of his Partridge Family fame) there - WOW!
There was also an amusement park, Astro World, next to the dome and we had season passes. Good times, good times!

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beachvol December 15 2013 at 1:05 AM

Shame....only had one chance to see a game there, being from Tennessee, and was in 1988...fabulous facility then...really a part of history for not only Texas, but the entire world...way ahead of its time for that era....just a shame...

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josephlynnramos1 December 14 2013 at 7:50 PM

Sad. I LOVE Houston since I lived there during the height of the Houston Oilers. It is just sad.

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Dawn Benson josephlynnramos1 December 14 2013 at 8:11 PM

Me too - this makes me want to cry.

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JoJo Morales December 15 2013 at 1:14 AM

Looks like it would make an amazing concert venue to me. If the structure is sound, I say repurpose it.

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tenaclark JoJo Morales December 15 2013 at 2:40 AM

It's not really because it is so huge. However, I did see a good Stones show there at one time.

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maryfailco JoJo Morales December 17 2013 at 12:33 AM

It was used for concert venues for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo for years.

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MARTY December 14 2013 at 7:20 PM

Although in it's time it might have been a cool building for baseball I never have agreed with a dome for football. The sport was meant to be played in the weather but now so many owners want domes to increase their overall profil. My wife worked at the old Busch Stadium here in St Louis before the football Cardinals moved to Arizona and she remembers it being so cold the beer tappers would freeze but that's what football weather is.Good luck figuring out what to do with this monster.

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gdl4974 December 14 2013 at 7:10 PM

What is happening with our country???

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Millie December 15 2013 at 1:21 AM

We were on vacation in Houston some years ago. We went on the tour that was offered by the astrodome. We were so impressed with the building and its function. What could have happened to put this building in such array. I wonder???? I never would have thought this would happen to an amazing building.

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mirzakhn65 December 14 2013 at 6:54 PM

Sell it to a pvt company let them take the head ace these cats know what to do with these property there investor will turn it arround make it back into sumthing .

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Bill mirzakhn65 December 14 2013 at 8:18 PM

I totally agree. But maybe they did try selling and had no takers because the price was too high. I don't know in the Astrodome case, but it can be done if they don't mind selling cheap. See my post above about the Pontiac Silverdome.

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mirzakhn65 December 14 2013 at 6:49 PM

Well i would converted for a homeless shealter, so people from various states who is homeless can go there to live &be merry :-(

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Bill mirzakhn65 December 14 2013 at 8:32 PM

That sounds great! But it would take a huge expense to keep that beast open if it wasn't generating a profit somehow. Maybe if there was some type of industry operating in it so the place could be self-sustaining, it could work.

Then the homeless occupants could have jobs and become self-sufficient again. They could move on to a productive life and the next group of homeless could move in. This idea is sounding better and better! But again it would take BIG bucks to get it started. And at least some of the people would have to want to work of course.

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maximusintoxicus December 14 2013 at 6:44 PM

If that is the "8th Wonder Of The World" what is the New Orleans Super Dome? That place has been around for ever and seen it all and hosted it all and is still a viable venue.
That facility must be hard core.

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Debbie maximusintoxicus December 14 2013 at 6:55 PM

The Astrodome is 30 years older and the Super Dome and the Astrodome is the first Domed stadium in the world.

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user349842 Debbie December 14 2013 at 7:20 PM

The astrodome is actually closer to 50!

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