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Report: Texans propose to demolish Astrodome

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The Houston Texans would reportedly like to turn the old home of the Houston Oilers into a large open space.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have proposed knocking down the Astrodome, leaving an outdoor space to be used for a variety of events, including concerts. The proposed changes would cost $66 million, per the Chronicle.

The Astrodome is adjacent to NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium), the home of the Texans.

The Oilers played in the now-condemned Astrodome from 1968 through 1996.

According to the Chronicle, any decision on the future of the dome would fall to the Harris County (Tx.) Commissioners Court.

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44 Responses to “Report: Texans propose to demolish Astrodome”
  1. baltimoremikeg says: Jul 10, 2014 8:14 PM

    Time to rebuild, Houston.

  2. bucsorbust says: Jul 10, 2014 8:22 PM

    Pack it up and ship it to New Orleans–right down ole Interstate 10. The Astrodome would be an upgrade, plus the lights won’t go out every 20 minutes because it’s squirrel mating season 3 blocks away.

  3. 1harrypairatesties says: Jul 10, 2014 8:43 PM

    Ha ha ha lol.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Jul 10, 2014 8:46 PM

    Wasn’t the Astrodome added to the registry of historic landmarks a few months ago? Seems like that may make any demolition a bit difficult?

    Either way, kind of a shame what a toilet the place has been allowed to become. So many plans were out there to do something incorporating the original structure (hotel, shopping area, etc). Anybody know if these never got off the ground simply due to lack of funding or was there some bureaucratic nonsense going on?

  5. damcmp says: Jul 10, 2014 8:50 PM

    They may prefer a bigger parking area but it is not THEIR decision…….

  6. packerfansareinbred says: Jul 10, 2014 8:51 PM

    The Astrodome.. Still better than that dump in Green Bay.

  7. queenlivekillers says: Jul 10, 2014 9:00 PM

    66 million to tear it down?!? Why not keep it? Renovate for half the cost.

  8. mackcarrington says: Jul 10, 2014 9:13 PM

    The Texans want to tear down a building that they don’t own or have any rights to. And they probably don’t want to share in the costs either.

  9. mybrunoblog says: Jul 10, 2014 9:39 PM

    They knocked Yankee Stadium. They remodeled Soldier Field so dramatically that it lost it historic landmark status. Point is, NO structure is immune from the wrecking ball.

  10. j0esixpack says: Jul 10, 2014 9:48 PM

    Ah the Houston Oilers!

    Jets fans should know them well. The Jets to this day remain tied with the Oilers in AFC East Division titles.

  11. djaehne says: Jul 10, 2014 9:50 PM

    Costs the city 10 mil per year just to watch it rot.

  12. jagsfanugh says: Jul 10, 2014 10:09 PM

    Cool story bro!

  13. toro81 says: Jul 10, 2014 10:13 PM

    Andre Johnson will be missed! I am a Houston football freak, that being said….What do ya’ll care what we do with the Dome? As far as Commander and chief is concerned….we could house El Salvadorian children there that get free health care while my kids and grandkids sit in an ER that will over charge me later!!!Bigger fish people.
    Oh yeah…Texans will be great no matter what!

  14. Big Ant TV says: Jul 10, 2014 10:19 PM

    that place is legendary wth is wrong with people leave it alone RENOVATE AND REBUILD IT
    you still play football there let HS TEAMS USE IT OR LET THE TEXANS BUY

  15. dabears2485 says: Jul 10, 2014 10:21 PM

    queenlivekillers says:
    Jul 10, 2014 9:00 PM
    66 million to tear it down?!? Why not keep it? Renovate for half the cost.

    ————-

    I highly doubt renovating the Astrodome would be $33M. Otherwise, they probably would have done it by now. In the grand scheme of things, that’s just not much.

    If it’s just sitting there rotting, they may as well put the land to use. If the Texans offer to put up some capital to make it happen, it’s a win-win for the team, rodeo group, and the city.

  16. watchfullhose says: Jul 10, 2014 10:26 PM

    Isn’t that place full of asbestos? Knowing what the Texas environmental regulation climate is, I don’t think I’d be frequenting this “outdoor space” if I value my lung tissue.

  17. darkneptune73 says: Jul 10, 2014 10:29 PM

    I won’t ever forget the time the Astrodome hosted the greatest Wrestlemania of the 2000s. Good times.

  18. fordmandalay says: Jul 10, 2014 11:00 PM

    Their is no way anyone should be allowed to demolish the Astrodome, it should be designated a historical monument. But since it’s Texas, all they care about is making a buck, so expect it to be gone soon. I’m amazed they haven’t knocked down the Alamo and built a WalMart over it.

  19. andreweac says: Jul 10, 2014 11:00 PM

    Wait, the Raiders might need it in the very near future.

  20. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 10, 2014 11:06 PM

    Its rat infested, asbestos lined, lower level flooded crap. It needs to be removed, but some people cant stand getting rid of their landmark. Every year the cost of taking it down properly goes up by 5-10M. No viable plan has come forward to convert it to another purpose. Time to say goodbye and remove it.

  21. herkulease says: Jul 10, 2014 11:18 PM

    Astrodome only made onto registry of historic places. Which only deems it is worthy of preservation. But doesn’t prevent or present any real hurdle to tearing it down. Earning landmark status however would make it harder to tear down.

    It costed the Houston Rockets $15 million to upgrade wifi and install new giant video screen back in 2012. This thing was built in the 1960s. Do you really think renovating and bring up to modern code would be just $33 million?

    Anyways there was plan put up for vote, $200 million convert it to a convention center. it failed to pass.

  22. cascadeplus says: Jul 10, 2014 11:25 PM

    I was in there once, WrestleMania XVII!!!!!!

  23. cascadeplus says: Jul 10, 2014 11:29 PM

    packerfansareinbred says:
    Jul 10, 2014 8:51 PM

    The Astrodome.. Still better than that dump in Green Bay.

    I think you are thinking of the old Metrodome. Any place with a trough IS A DUMP.

  24. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 10, 2014 11:39 PM

    Not before we can see a rematch of Buddy Ryan and Kevin Gilbride.

  25. randomcommenter says: Jul 10, 2014 11:50 PM

    If you can tear down Yankee Stadium, then you can tear down any old stadium.

    I’m sure they’d be able to sell off quite a bit of the fixtures like other old stadiums have done. That will raise a few million.

    It will still cost to tear down but it’s better to have a venue producing revenue than an abandoned building.

    Then again, Texas may have to save their money to take care of some uninvited guests.

  26. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Jul 10, 2014 11:50 PM

    There has to be a better use for these old stadiums. Astrodome, Solverdome, RCA, the one in San Antonio, ect, such renovations would be cheaper than creating brand new giant structures

  27. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 11, 2014 12:07 AM

    Maybe they could house the illegal immigrants there?

    Nah… they will get hotels and EBT.

    Courtesy,

    Income Tax Payers

  28. tinbender2000 says: Jul 11, 2014 12:17 AM

    Well they do have experience in demolishing a team…

  29. natelan says: Jul 11, 2014 12:26 AM

    I think the Raiders just found their new home…

  30. jayniner says: Jul 11, 2014 12:46 AM

    Blow it up and build a new one in L.A.

  31. gpenpilot says: Jul 11, 2014 4:35 AM

    Who else thinks those cushioned seats should be built into new stadiums? Genius. This time make it so you can’t stash needles in them though.

  32. TheWizard says: Jul 11, 2014 5:59 AM

    The House of Pain. Probably have to be over 35 to remember that.

  33. mrbigass says: Jul 11, 2014 7:28 AM

    I watched it being built. It needs to go. It’s not like dynasty teams played there..

  34. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Jul 11, 2014 8:14 AM

    It’s because they do not want thousands of illegal aliens living in it. I don’t blame them for wanting to demolish it.

  35. jpaq68 says: Jul 11, 2014 8:24 AM

    Sad.

  36. abninf says: Jul 11, 2014 8:26 AM

    fordmandalay says:

    But since it’s Texas, all they care about is making a buck, so expect it to be gone soon. I’m amazed they haven’t knocked down the Alamo and built a WalMart over it.
    ===================================

    But being an obvious liberal, I wonder what your view is on Yankee stadium in New York being demolished.

  37. tk429 says: Jul 11, 2014 8:44 AM

    Holy hell, the Astrodome is still standing?!?! For who? For what?

  38. danno1212 says: Jul 11, 2014 9:05 AM

    LET THEM PLAY! LET THEM PLAY! LET THEM PLAY!

  39. bigdaddydooko says: Jul 11, 2014 9:35 AM

    There will be a big fight against tearing it down. Unfortunately people are more concerned with saving history than they are the future.

  40. tk429 says: Jul 11, 2014 9:51 AM

    “LET THEM PLAY! LET THEM PLAY! LET THEM PLAY!”

    I accidentally reported that when I went to hit ‘like’. My bad.

    Great Bad News Bears reference!

  41. danno1212 says: Jul 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    tk429 says:
    Jul 11, 2014 9:51 AM

    “LET THEM PLAY! LET THEM PLAY! LET THEM PLAY!”

    I accidentally reported that when I went to hit ‘like’. My bad.

    Great Bad News Bears reference!

    Thanks! I wish they would move the Report button, I have hit by mistake also!

  42. swede700 says: Jul 11, 2014 11:12 AM

    Now that Bud Adams is dead, the NFL should do the right thing like happened in the NBA with the Hornets…give the Oilers name and colors back to Houston.

  43. casualmalexlfan says: Jul 11, 2014 3:02 PM

    Ship the Astrosome to Minnesota so the Vikings can have it.

  44. skolvikes says: Jul 11, 2014 6:44 PM

    tk429 says: Jul 11, 2014 8:44 AM

    Holy hell, the Astrodome is still standing?!?! For who? For what?

    My thoughts exactly. I honestly thought it was torn down 20 years ago.

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