Houston could renovate Astrodome

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The Oilers last played in Houston in 1996, and their stadium, the Astrodome, was declared unfit for occupancy in 2009. But the Astrodome, as dilapidated as it is, still stands in the parking lot of NRG Stadium.

And it might reopen in three years after a proposed Astrodome renovation took another step forward Tuesday. According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County Commissioners Court voted to seek a construction manager at risk for the project. Commissioners Court will vote on the construction, which would cost roughly $95 million to raise the Dome’s floors and install two levels of parking underneath, next year.

The Astrodome has been a source of debate in the city and appeared on the verge of demolition in 2013 when voters rejected a $217 million bond proposal for renovations. A renovation would open the 550,000-square-foot building for festivals and conferences with potential commercial uses, per the Chronicle.

The Astrodome, opened in 1965 as the world’s first multipurpose, domed sports stadium, was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” It was home to the Oilers and the Astros and hosted other major sporting events, including Muhammad Ali’s fights, the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973 and the “Game of the Century” basketball game between the University of Houston and UCLA in 1968.

16 responses to “Houston could renovate Astrodome

  1. Look at the bright side Houston…..

    A $217 million dollar bond to lure the Chargers to Houston is a far sight less then the $750 million (+) that Vegas paid for the Raiders.

    Maybe the city of Houston can find a donation from Stan Kroenke to help?

  2. What about mention of the Texxas Jam concerts that were held there over the years?

  3. Gonna take a lot of festivals and conferences to make back 217 mil plus operating expenses.

    Good luck with that.

    You’re gonna need it.

  4. Hello NFL! This is a signal to RENOVATE Don’t RELOCATE. The Charger move to L-a-L-a-Land is a prime example of a bad business move that won’t work. The NFL should have ponied-up funds for stadium renovations at Qualcomm, with a $400 million investment from Spanos and the NFL. it would have delivered an excellent NFL stadium in San Diego with Super Bowl potential. It takes decades to build a fan base. It won’t happen in LA. The entertainment dollar is spread too thin there.

  5. Personally, I hope the Astrodome stands forever.

    What that building has done for sports architecture, and architecture in general, cannot be forgotten.

  6. Looks like someone working in the Harris County Government needs to pay off a crony by giving them this contract. The renovations were voted down, but there’s a lot of graft to be had in a renovation vs a demolition.

  7. They should have a $100 demolition raffle . whoever name get drawn , they get to hit the red button to blow it up on live tv during a Texans-Titans game halftime show.

  8. usmutts says:
    Jun 28, 2017 8:09 AM
    Pop quiz! Who hit the first home run in the Astrodome?

    __________________________________________

    Mickey Mantle.

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