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Houston Astrodome

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    [Video] The Astrodome Ramps Get Imploded

    Way back in 1989, the Astrodome received a small makeover. To make sure that the Dome was all good with the upcoming Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, four towers were added to the Dome to serve as giant ramps that folks could use to get in to the 8th Wonder of the World. They've been around ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    So Long, Farewell, RIP to the Astrodome

    I have a memory of the Astrodome that I want to share. Of a Friday night in May of 1993, the Friday night before my law school graduation. I was working that night, handling the stats and graphics on the DiamondVision screen, something I did for most Astros games from 1989 through the end of the 199 ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    The Astrodome is Our Roman Colosseum and We're Going to Tear It Down

    When the Roman Colosseum was built, it was a sports stadium, the first like it and a spectacle like nothing seen before. It was iconic beyond what took place inside, but the atrocities and spectacular events that did occur inside the building added to its mystique. It became a symbol for Rome, so mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Saving the Astrodome: Demolition Crews To Tear Down the Dome Already?

    According to Swamplot, Reliant already has crews in place to begin demoing parts of the Astrodome as soon as next week. But, before you go into a panic, the work is only being done to portions of the facade and the outer structure that is apparently beyond repair and would be removed regardless of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Harris County Commissioners Court Pushes the Astrodome Plan on Down the Line

    There was a full house at the Harris County Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday morning. Seriously, people were packed into the room like so many sardines in a can all to see what will be the next step in plans to repurpose the Astrodome. County Judge Ed Emmett noted wryly that anyone expecting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Astrodome Worst Nightmares Won't be Coming True

    Want to get a better look at the New Dome Experience plan? Click here. Going into the meeting of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation board on Wednesday afternoon, held in the glassy glory that is Reliant Stadium, there was a certain dread hanging in the air. (This is Houston, after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    We Ask, You Respond: What Should Happen to the Astrodome?

    The clock is ticking for the Astrodome. On June 10, the deadline for private companies to submit their financially sound ideas for the Dome will hit. On June 25, the HCSCC will present Harris County Commissioners Court with the ideas. At that point, decisions will be made, votes will be cast and we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Because the HCSCC Doesn't Have Enough Ideas, Here Are 5 More Things We Can Do with the Astrodome

    Let's see if I've got this: The Confederacy of Dunces charged with making decisions on the Astrodome are once again acting like they want to make decisions on the Astrodome. Decisions that will involve them punting the ultimate decision to a higher authority that has, time and again, punted the deci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Five Songs That Name-Drop the Astrodome

    On this day in 1965, what was then called the Harris County Domed Stadium opened to the public. These days the Astrodome sits mournfully overlooking the empty lot that was Six Flags Astroworld, a testament to the fact that no one can think of what to do with an enormous structure that has outlived i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Photo-Mashing Old & Modern Houston, Volume 6: Astrodome Edition

    For our sixth installment of vintage photos mashed with their present-day locations we entered the doomed Reliant Astrodome with photos from a 1968 Astrodome tour guide. It highlighted numerous events the dome accommodated for. It opened in 1965 as the Harris County Domed Stadium. From being the hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Viva La Dome! Check Out These Old Concert Tickets

    The close of RodeoHouston's season gives us all a respite from having to look at the adjacent Astrodome while we eat our third turkey leg and wait for our turn on the ferris wheel. Truth be told, some of us can just stare at the Dome for hours without a problem, myself included. Rewind: Digging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    County Commissioners Once Again Fail To Act On The Astrodome

    Last August I wrote the following about the County Commissioners, their continued inability to figure out what to do about the Astrodome, and whether a plan for the future of the building should be put on the ballot: And then when a decision needs to be made on whether to put a plan on the ballot, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Rest In Peace, Astrodome, You Deserved So Much Better

    From April 1988 through January 2000, I spent a lot of time at the Astrodome. About 100-150 nights a year, each year, more or less. My first job was operating the out-of-town games scoreboard for the Astros. I carried camera cables on the turf during Oiler games, dodged Monster Trucks and cattle. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Astrodome Decor: Which of These Superboxes Is Most Hideous? YOU Decide!!

    Retrospace got its hands on a 1966 Astrodome guide (subhed: "The Astrodome is more than a stadium -- it is a way of treating people"), and while it's filled with such unimaginable wonders as $3.50 box seats, our favorite is the superbox page. There, the Dome shows off its terrible, wonderful, appal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Comment of the Day: The Great Astrodome Conspiracy

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Comments of the Day: What Will Remain of the Astrodome

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Digging Around The All-But-Abandoned Astrodome

    The Reliant Astrodome was -- is -- the Eighth Wonder of the World. Generations of Houston-area kids spent their days dreaming of playing on the field under that massive domed ceiling. It's one of our city's last non-NASA ties to the space program, this UFO-like structure in the middle of a modern co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Last Day To Vote For The Astrodome As A National "Place That Matters"

    Is the Dome worthy of a click?​The National Trust for Historic Preservation is running the 2011 edition of its "This Place Matters" competition, where voters support local sites worthy of saving. Getting a big push this time around is the Astrodome, thanks to the folks at Houston Mod, which c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    The Astrodome: The Plans Just Keep Getting More Ridiculous

    Photos courtesy of Harris County Sports and Convention CorporationComing soon to the Astrodome: a world map made from solar panels!‚ÄčNote: The following information about Harris County officials' redevelopment plan for the Astrodome is not a joke. We're serious. One option, costing $1.36 billion, r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    The Tale Of The AstroSafari Theme Park, Revealed

    ‚ÄčA new edition of the Houston Press hits the web today, so at last it can be revealed -- last week's cover story, on the county's plans to turn the Astrodome into a Tilman Fertitta-owned safari hunt club, was tied closely to the publication date of April 1.A lot of people figured it out pretty fas ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Astrodome Cinema

    CAMH takes a look at the former 8th Wonder of the World

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    They Haven't Given Up Hope Yet On Making The Astrodome Into A Movie Studio

    Logo courtesy Astrodome StudiosThese are tough times for the Astrodome -- it's in such bad shape that the rodeo could not use it for its Hideout bar and performance area this year.These are also tough times for the economy, as you may have heard, and tough times to launch seemingly improbable scheme ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008
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    September 23, 2008
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    September 15, 2008
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    August 10, 2008
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    March 27, 2008
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    August 10, 2007
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    February 14, 2002

    We're Enron-Free!

    Guaranteed: No mention of that story everyone's obsessed with

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    August 2, 2001

    Retrodome

    Architects collaborate to give the Astrodome a second chance

  • Calendar

    February 11, 1999

    Night & Day

    February 11 - 17, 1999

  • Calendar

    January 21, 1999

    Night & Day

    January 21 - 27, 1999

  • Calendar

    October 29, 1998
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    November 20, 1997

    Sports Afield

    The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is a parody of a public body. But who's got time for the niceties of democracy when you're trying to keep Drayton McLane happy?

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    November 20, 1997
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    July 3, 1997

    Fast Eddie's Getaway

    Insider deals. Outrageous perks. Exorbitant salaries. No wonder Eddie Webster's taken a permanent vacation from the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • News

    June 12, 1997
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    February 6, 1997
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    February 6, 1997
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    October 17, 1996

    Hard Sell

    That credibility gap may be too wide for Proposition One backers to traverse

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    October 3, 1996
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    September 26, 1996
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    May 30, 1996

    On the Ropes

    In 1966, Cleveland "Big Cat" Williams fought Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight championship. In 1996, he fights just to get by.

  • Calendar

    May 23, 1996

    Beat the Heat!

    1996 Summer Guide

  • News

    May 2, 1996
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    March 14, 1996
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    December 7, 1995

    Stadia Boys

    A new panel is suiting up to customize the city's sports future in private

  • News

    May 11, 1995

    Born to Win ... or Lose?

    Can Drayton McLane bring Houston a World Series champion on a budget? Can Houston support major-league baseball to Drayton McLane's satisfaction? It's time to find out.

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    March 9, 1995
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    November 17, 1994
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