Astrodome Worst Nightmares Won't be Coming True

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Going into the meeting of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation board on Wednesday afternoon, held in the glassy glory that is Reliant Stadium, there was a certain dread hanging in the air. (This is Houston, after all. The city where you so much as think something is a historical landmark and someone else is coming along with a bulldozer to knock it down. To build a parking garage. It seems like it's always a parking garage.)

If you looked out the window, the Astrodome -- once dubbed the eighth wonder of the world, now just a piece of Houston's history -- sat there plopped down next to Reliant Stadium looking like the ancient, in Houston terms, landmark that it is, oblivious to the little group of people in the ostentatious building next door who were about to announce the Dome's future, which has been a matter of debate for years.

Only one speaker asked to address the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation before the board members made their announcement.

Quoting from a speech President John F. Kennedy made in Houston in 1962, Arpad Lamell urged the board to remember where the impetus to build the world's first domed, air conditioned sports stadium came from, the spirit of the age that created it:

"When President Kennedy made the speech he said 'We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills'" Lamell said. "Well, ladies and gentleman, one of the "other things" included Astrodome. It opened three years later."

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Mark Braun
Mark Braun

I opened up the Astrodome at the first event a Scouts Convention and got to walk across home plate. Truly a great place with a ton of history. I am so glad it will be reborn, and not destroyed.

Mayte Medina
Mayte Medina

that astrodome looms ominously near my parents house in Bellaire...i however, love the Astrodome...i cant believe they cant find a purpose for it! instead of building that new soccer stadium, they could have done it here! i think its such a classic!

Waymond Mitchell
Waymond Mitchell

as long as it keeps the dome from being torn down, i'm for it!

Andy Gerard
Andy Gerard

Save The Astrodome , YAY ! Another Convention Center , BOO ! An Indoor WATERPARK , YAY !

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Ignore the Debbie Downer idiots.  This is great for any native Houstonian that has watched our other landmarks get demolished.  I'm most excited about the removal of the paint on the skylights so the place will be able to let the sun through as was initially intended.

Leonard Zamora
Leonard Zamora

I agree with Moses! They should make it into housing for the homeless and the less fortunate!

Dee Gravink
Dee Gravink

From being 'tore" down? Do you guys speak English?

Delores Ford
Delores Ford

It is about time they do something with the dome, maybe they will have jobs for the kids and it will bring more money to our city.

Moses Martinez
Moses Martinez

House the homeless and poor inside. redesign it fit those in need, make it a green building and provide social services via volunteer/corporate sponsors etc. make it happen, oh but wait......how are we gonna make money out of that?

David Lanning
David Lanning

Worst nightmare = paying for more traffic by where i live. I'd say that's exactly the plan.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

Could we put a rider in the save the Astrodome proposal that, if they go through with it, parking has to always be free at the Reliant complex?

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

If Arpad Lamell wants to pay for it out of his own pocket, I would have no problem with this concept.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

They really should just tear it down and be done with it, so that we don't keep paying for it into the 22nd century. Unless we can get all the Houston inner circle who made millions on the property to give it all back. I hope this comes to a vote and it gets defeated. And yes, I know that it will also be expensive to tear this albatross down.

Robert Hamm
Robert Hamm

anything besides parking or demo. thank goodness for a voice of reason.

hpress4
hpress4

A couple of notes here:  1) You always triple a government estimate on costs (and costs are HARD numbers), and you third the revenue (which are made-up numbers).  So 600M probably in cost overruns.  I think people have to get over the nostalgia they have for the astrodome, it's like seeing your highschool sweetheart at your 20-year reunion (she's not what you remember).

cepage
cepage

Hurray, now we can stake our claim among the great metropolis of the world by paying millions of dollars a year to preserve the Earth's largest storage unit for broken beer bottles and used condoms. Take that, Paris!

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