Saving the Astrodome: Demolition Crews to Tear Down the Dome Already?

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Not shown: piles of rubble.
According to Swamplot, Reliant already has crews in place to begin demoing parts of the Astrodome as soon as next week. But before you go into a panic, the work is only being done to portions of the facade and the outer structure that is apparently beyond repair and would be removed regardless of the vote on the stadium in November.

The ballot initiative will determine whether or not the Dome will remain standing. Harris County wants to turn it into a new convention center-type-building thing, but if voters say "no," the old gal will be torn down and a beautiful, gleaming parking lot will appear in its place.

For now, the county says this is all part of the process, but some are concerned that if Houstonians drive by and see the Dome surrounded by rubble, they will assume the vote won't matter.

I suppose it is possible that some will be swayed into believing the Astrodome is already slated for demolition were they to see the teardown taking place. It might even keep some away from the polls. That is why the PAC formed to support the Dome initiative has its hands full this election season.

They even made a fancy-schmancy video with a soundtrack straight out of Friday Night Lights, voice-over by some guy who sounds a bit like God if He is from Texas (and we know He is) and some old video and new renderings to provide some history and speak to the future. Of course, a big pile of ruins surrounding the Dome probably speaks louder to most people, but we'll see.


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14 comments
halfwit2k
halfwit2k

It's not "The Dome."  It is the Astrodome.  It will always be the Astrodome.  Trying to name it anything but that is folly.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

i told them to sell the seats for 100$ each, 50,000 seats X 100$= alot of money ...

Kevin Gee
Kevin Gee

For the love of god, just demolish it already!

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

We need to get rid of this money pit, so that future generations won't have to keep paying for it. Once it is gone, it is gone.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

The Harris County Hospital District is on the ragged edge of collapse and faces a funding/bailout battle every legislative session. A large chunk of Texas' uninsured children live in Harris County. TX leads the nation in uninsured children, btw. The county derives absolutely NO BENEFIT from this derelict building. But we have the luxury of dumping $2million a year to to maintain this money pit? Tear. It. Down.

Infotech
Infotech

@halfwit2k Actually, it was known simply as "The Dome" for a long time. People generally wouldn't say "I'm going to the Astrodome to watch a ball game", more like "I'm heading to the 'dome to watch a ball game".

halfwit2k
halfwit2k

@Infotech @halfwit2k I am sure people will continue to do that, as I have.  However the official name needs to still be "Astrodome"

I am voting against it anyway.


MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

a) Harris County has a budget; b) Harris County's budget includes healthcare for un-INSURED residents of Harris County; c) Harris County's residents are largely un-INSURED; d) Harris County is in the state of Texas; e) Harris County must petition the Texas State Legislature for emergency funds almost every session due to healthcare costs associated with Harris County residents without HEALTH INSURANCE who swamp the HCHD; f) meanwhile, Harris County is spending about $2 million dollars a year on a derelict building that benefits no one. If you need further explanation, find someone to draw you a picture in crayon.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@MadMac But by that same argument, all funded projects are "money wasted."  Their is a value to civic pride, and most Houstonian's agree this is one that should be saved.  Sadly (at least for me) we have far too many transplants here who could care less about it and will therefore vote it down.  I hope I'm wrong.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

I apologize for the insult. Obviously it was completely unwarranted. Allow me to try again. If $2 million a month--$24 million a year--is not earmarked (or wasted) on a derelict building, then the county has an additional $24 million to allocate for more pressing matters like the HCHD, roads, or even parks--anything that is acutally USED by county residents.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

@MadMac The two aren't mutually exclusive; ie. money isn't earmarked for one or the other, so your argument is completely moot.  As to the insult,  are you 12 or just trying to act like one?

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