The Astrodome: National Treasure or Impending Implosion?


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Recently the Astrodome was designated (finally) as a National Landmark (Treasure) by the National Parks Service.  As previously stated, I’m forever the optimist when it comes to things like this.

The Astrodome is an important part of the history of Houston, and that of Major League Baseball. Obviously, albeit at the 11th hour, the National Parks Service thinks so as well.

Just because the National Parks Service designated the Eighth Wonder of the World as a National Landmark doesn’t mean the Dome will be saved. This could very well end up in a small sign being erected somewhere in what could soon be extra parking spots for Reliant Stadium.

The question now, is will it make any difference in the end?

I could sit here and spout off all of the cool things that happened there, from Mickey Mantle knocking the first home run under the Dome, to record setting professional wrestling events. 28 years of Houston Oilers football, to Muhammad Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams in 1966.
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We’ve all been bombarded with reasons we should or shouldn’t save the Astrodome from demolition. Yes, it’s true. An extra $200 million charged to the Harris County taxpayer is a lot to ask. Also, only about 13% of eligible voters showed up at the polls to vote on the measure to save or destroy the Dome, so perhaps it’s not as high on everyone’s to-do list as others.

I’d like to think that there is more support out there for the Astrodome’s historic value. But unfortunately there are just as many people I’ve talked to that would rather see it blown up faster than 1989 Kevin Bass could grow a mustache. (That’s fast.)

I personally have many fond memories of the Astrodome and would like to see it preserved in some way, shape, or form. With a little preparation and perhaps a few alternatives to their “all or nothing” type of plans, perhaps the Astrodome could be repurposed and live on.

What do you think?  Answer the poll below, then comment on the article telling us why.

Do you think the Astrodome should be saved?

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  • JDCaudle

    Core it a make a parking garage. Make it the world’s largest movie theater. Do the world’s first indoor first tier amusement park. Cover the roof with panels and collect enough solar power to supply Reliant Park. A university, A huge shopping mall, whatever. Just utilize it instead of tearing it down. it’s too architecturally unique and holds too much history to just piss it away. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

    • Ryan Simmons

      I couldn’t agree more. There are so many things that can be done with it. I think the city deserves to keep one of our most historic landmarks intact in some way, shape, or form. The alternative is extra parking for a rodeo cook-off? Not acceptable.