The Dome, Abandoned

Touring the old favorite

We can light it up like a modern art piece, a concrete dinosaur, a monument to the space race and the Bayou City's crazy resolve, and put a fountain in the middle. Or a beer garden. People love beer.

No one else in the group seemed to have the bug-eyed wonderment that I did, or maybe I am just not so far removed from my days of walking around aimlessly through the stadium during a game and just standing in awe, Coke in hand, at the roof and the Astros — more than likely losing on the field. I wanted to open every door, explore every crevice. I squealed at things that seem mundane, but not in my ten-year old head.

"This is where I sat during my first game!" I yelled in my own head.

The turf that saw so much joy, heartbreak and tedium.
Craig Hlavaty
The turf that saw so much joy, heartbreak and tedium.
The turnstiles turn no more.
Craig Hlavaty
The turnstiles turn no more.

I spent the first decade and a half of my life praying to one day play on the field, either as an Oiler or an Astro. When I finally get inside and on the floor, it's covered in dirt, dust, rancid water and funky turf. But the smile didn't leave my face.

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Donnie G Presswood
Donnie G Presswood

I loved and miss the astrodome as much as anyone hell i played the bar b que cookoff out in the parking lot in 1980-81 and the rodeo stage in the dome in 83 but as bad of shape as shes in and with the economy as is the smart thing to do is take her down and put that space back into parking lot which i have been told is desperately needed.

Cesar V
Cesar V

Great memories... Thank you very much

Readercatdog
Readercatdog

Yes, thanks for the memories. The Astrodome is a great place - too bad it will be discarded like all old stuff! We have a place here in Beaumont like that - an art deco Pig Stand restaurant (round, original booths and counter). Wish someone would be willing to figure out a great use for it. You are also correct that it will still be standing long after all the new places are gone if allowed to stand.

TOLDYA
TOLDYA

Wow thanks for the memories, I saw Evil Kneivel there, Polling Stones Steel Wheels Tour. Yea the acoustics sucked but ... I saw Mickey Mantle play there. Once when I was a kid my grandpa took me to the see the Astros, a line drive came right at us and he tried to catch it bare handed (he was a man) I'll never forget the sound that ball made when it hit his hand.Like a pistol going off, he told me sorry he just couldn't hang on to it. It was ok with me though I was so proud that he tried and got that close... Yes sir alot of memories were made in that stadium, yes indeed Thanks Mr. Hlavaty

 
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