The Astrodome: From Elvis to Evel Knievel...to Green Space?
The Astrodome is a historic building. The first of its kind. It helped shape the games of football, baseball and basketball. Historic events occurred inside, like the UH/UCLA basketball game that helped show the NCAA what was truly possible with college basketball. It's hard to imagine an NCAA men's basketball title game now being held in anything but a domed stadium. Nolan Ryan threw a no-hitter inside the place. Elvis and the Jackson 5 performed concerts inside the Dome. It hosted political conventions, religious events and Evel Knievel.
But the Rodeo and the Texans had no further use for the place. Bud Adams promised a Super Bowl if the scoreboard was torn out -- there was no Super Bowl and the Oilers ended up leaving. Drayton McLane wanted his own pleasure palace. City and county leaders did nothing but trash and belittle the place so that other ballparks and stadiums could be built to replace it.
Don't blame the voters for not approving the use of taxpayer funds for a stupid plan that would've gutted the place. Blame those officials who put that idiotic plan up for a vote without pushing for realistic options. Blame the Rodeo and the Texans for vetoing anything that might make them share their valuable parking spaces. Blame Bud Adams, blame Drayton McLane.
The Dome has been doomed to death for a long time now. Maybe now it can be actually put out of its agony.