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Dome bash planned

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All this and antiquities landmark status too

Next year, Astrodome lovers will be able to once again take a gander at the stadium’s iconic roof before it embarks on its next adventure.

During a mixer/meeting for friends and supporters of the Astrodome Conservancy, organizers revealed that a party to honor the Astrodome’s history is tentatively set for April 9, 2018.

In a fitting touch, the mixer was held at the 8th Wonder Brewery.

The party would be much like the 50th birthday bash held for the stadium in 2015 when nostalgia for the Dome was at a fever pitch. Fans were able to walk onto the floor of the Dome and see what it currently looks like inside. Thousands of Houstonians came from all over the city to take in the view and take selfies. The party itself won’t be in the Dome, but fans can wait in line to walk inside for a few minutes.

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More plans for the 2018 party are still to be solidified, with more programming and entertainment details to follow.

One presumes this will be to help generate support for the Astrodome repurposing plan, whatever that winds up being. Would you be interested in attending this party? Leave a comment and let us know.

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6 Comments

  1. Bill says:

    Yes, yes I would.

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    More tear jerking from Ed Emmett, pulling strings behind the curtain. Building NRG stadium right next door killed the Astrodome. It’s time to take the Astrodome off life support and demolish it. For those nostalgic about the Dome, this ought to be a cautionary tale going forward about building expensive playpens for millionaire players and billionaire owners.

    Just erect a small plaque where the Astrodome once stood with the names of the people and companies who pushed NRG under the caption, “these are the people who killed the Astrodome.” Should be easy…..follow the money.

  3. C.L. says:

    For F’s sake, either tear it down or repurpose it into an open air park ala the proposal from a couple years ago.

    http://urbanedge.blogs.rice.edu/2016/06/14/houston-architect-puts-forward-unique-vision-for-astrodome-overhaul/#.WgsFRaoUlok

  4. Bill Daniels says:

    C.L.:

    Charging people $ 12 to park their car, to go to the park will probably severely limit the number of people who would actually use a “pocket park.’ I guess this would be one way to encourage people to take the train, though.

  5. C.L. says:

    @Bill, I don’t foresee anyone going there to hang out on non-Nutcracker Market or non-Rodeo or non-NFL or soccer game days, cheerleader events, rock-n-roll concerts, etc., days, but on days when anyone of those events are taking place, the folks in their car have already shelled out their $12. Why not give them something to do while they’re already there ? Surround it with food trucks and make it a party.

  6. Bill Daniels says:

    C.L.: That actually seems reasonable, and would help with event traffic, as many attendees now would have a reason to go early and stay late. I’d need to see the numbers, though. Can Harris County afford to maintain and upkeep a new park? What’s the cost difference between demolishing it completely and doing the skeleton shell park idea? Demolishing it and adding parking back would bring some return on investment, as those parking spaces get paid for during events.

    And finally, I’m not sure that having the hulking skeleton of the Dome would really satisfy the nostalgic among us.

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