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On channel 11 news last night.

http://www.khou.com/...-144994555.html

I have lots of great memories about the Astrodome. I'll never forget the first time I was there. Saw several Astro games that first year when new attendance records were being set. The thing I miss the most is the high school football playoff games there. Spent many Saturdays there watching high school football.

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I also saw the feature on the Astrodome on Channel 11 last night. How sad. My high school went to the playoffs in 1978. I was in the marching band. It was the first time we would do our show on Astroturf so we were there early on a Saturday morning practicing our routine for the half-time show later that afternoon.

The Oilers had a game with the Bengals the next day. After we finished our morning practice we were gathered under the bleachers when the Bengal players came out of the locker room to enter the field for their drills. I had never seen that many huge people together in one place! I suppose the first players I saw were linemen. Of course they were even more impressive in their uniforms with the shoulder pads and helmets that made them look even bigger but it seemed they were all at least six and a half feet tall and weighed in the neighborhood of 300 pounds.

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I was there that day. Aldine made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years in '78. Our very first game in the dome was against Vidor, where Aldine head coach Bill Smith was from. It was like going to the circus for the first time. We also played La Porte that following week. I don't remember which week the Bengals were in town, but I saw some of them them take the field. Aldine played in the dome 34 times between 1978 and 2003, Smith's last year. There were schools that played more than that. The most games I ever saw in a day was three and I left before the last game.

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My history with the Astros in the Dome was funny. I swear to you that it seemed like every time I took my kids out to a game the Astros would lose.

If the Astros were leading going into the ninth inning, and we decided to leave early to get ahead of the traffic, they would be losing by the time we got to our car. At the same time, if they were behind going into the ninth, and we left early, they would be ahead by the time we got to the car.

It happened so often it got to be a family joke. My son would say "hey dad let's go help the Astros lose tonight." Or, "hey dad let's stay home and help the Astros win."

We joked that the Astros put guards at the gates with instructions to NOT let US in. We finally wised up and stopped leaving early.

Truth be told we did see them win a whole bunch of games over many years. The most fun I ever had in the Dome was the night my son and I watched the Astros put an old fashioned country whuppin' on the Reds.

It was one of those nights when everything went right for the Astros. Final score was something like 14 to nothing. They couldn't do anything wrong. Hits went everywhere. Half the team hit home runs. Everybody in our section in the mezzanine was high-fiveing all night.

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I was there that day. Aldine made the playoffs for the first time in 20 years in '78. Our very first game in the dome was against Vidor, where Aldine head coach Bill Smith was from. It was like going to the circus for the first time. We also played La Porte that following week. I don't remember which week the Bengals were in town, but I saw some of them them take the field. Aldine played in the dome 34 times between 1978 and 2003, Smith's last year. There were schools that played more than that. The most games I ever saw in a day was three and I left before the last game.

Coach Smith had some great teams. I'm glad there was a bit of overlap between my time and his at AHS.

I'm sure it would be too expensive for HISD, or even the several districts in the area working together, to maintain and use the 'Dome for high school events. It would be hard to fill that structure for any one game (except a really significant play-off game) in any case but wouldn't it be grand if we could? What ever becomes of the Astrodome I hope it is still sports related and serves the entire community.

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People I hate to say it but I fear the Astrodome is doomed. Nobody is going to pony up the money it would take to completely rehab and refurb it enough to make it an appealing venue. Not when Reliant Stadium with all its new bells and whistles is available.

The least expensive option is demolition, and they say that will cost at least 100 million dollars.

It's monumentally sad to see it come to this, but it's the reality.

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People I hate to say it but I fear the Astrodome is doomed. Nobody is going to pony up the money it would take to completely rehab and refurb it enough to make it an appealing venue. Not when Reliant Stadium with all its new bells and whistles is available.

The least expensive option is demolition, and they say that will cost at least 100 million dollars.

It's monumentally sad to see it come to this, but it's the reality.

Well it has been apparent for a long time that there wasn't a feasible redevelopment alternative. I'm not aware of a single case where an old stadium has been successfully redeveloped.

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I can think of one case. The new owners of the Boston Red Sox recently completed a complete rehabbing of their beloved 90 year old Fenway Park. It took ten years and cost them nearly 300 million dollars, and old Fenway is ready for another 40 or 50 years of baseball.

It takes a lot of determination and forward looking vision to preserve a local treasure that way. Sadly, those qualities don't exist in Houston's political class.

Check it out: http://boston.sports...lmost-complete/

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One of the regulars on another local website message board managed to get inside the Astrodome recently and took some photos. It's really depressing to see what is happening at the Eighth Wonder of the World.

http://swamplot.com/...ome/2012-03-23/

Thanks for the link!

I've always said it would make a great greenspace if it can't be saved. Checking out the link I saw this comment:

From Rob:

The structure needs to be stripped down to the iron work, it will be the Eiffel tower of Houston. Plant grass and make amazing gardens underneath it all. What a great change it would be from the acres of concrete that surronds Reliant Park. Look at what discovery green has done for the GRB, just think what we could do with all that park space next to the Reliant Convetion Center.

March 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Brilliant! That would be really cool, if technically feasable.

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I always wanted to see the Astros play just one time when I lived there . Closest I ever got was the Astro hall next door for the car shows every Thanksgiving . I find this so depressing as the Dome was on my "TO DO " list ........... scrubba

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This subject always saddens me. I hate to see my beloved Astrodome in such a state of disrepair. While there are many that share my passion for this historic landmark, I feel powerless to make any kind of actual difference in the saving or demolition of the dome. We are talking about costs in the tens of millions, and nothing the average person could do would ever be able to block the inevitable wrecking ball that looms over our beloved dome.

I have accepted that one day, not so far away, I will witness the Astrodome being demolished. It seems that nothing in Houston is considered sacred unless it's part of the holy inner sanctum of downtown/midtown buildings. Everything else is expendable, and it sickens me that so many people are on board to destroy this thing. I guess memories don't matter as much as money, and living for the moment.

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There is a new angle to try an save the Astrodome. The new master plan recommendations are renovation of the Astrodome into a multi-purpose facility while also building a very expensive replacement Astrohall - but it's a lot of money. Some people have spoken in front of county commissioners court arguing that any functions a new Astrohall could perform could be folded into a renovated Astrodome, thus saving hundreds of millions while still saving the Astrodome. If you agree, consider writing emails or letters to the county commissioners expressing support for that approach.

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I've come to terms with the Dome being torn down. It's the Houston way. I guess now the real question is what will become of the land? Parking?

Parking is also the Houston way.

What if it were a parking structure, in the shape of the astrodome?

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The dome WOULD be the world's biggest parking garage, but have you considered the difficulties motorists would face in getting in and out of it?

You could have 20 or 25 floors of parking inside the dome, but I wouldn't want to be forced to park on one of the upper floors. It would take forever to get out. I think I would rather just take the train or the bus to Reliant Park, and I think a lot of other people would as well.

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The dome WOULD be the world's biggest parking garage, but have you considered the difficulties motorists would face in getting in and out of it?

You could have 20 or 25 floors of parking inside the dome, but I wouldn't want to be forced to park on one of the upper floors. It would take forever to get out. I think I would rather just take the train or the bus to Reliant Park, and I think a lot of other people would as well.

Wait, what's the world's largest building that is purposefully left to disintegrate while still paying down the mortgage? We should sell tickets, or at least get it added to the guinness book of world records...

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See - we should leave it alone just as it is. In a few years people will come from all over to gawk in amazement at the colossal ruins. Have tour guides on hand to show the damage done from the marauding Katrina-ites.

Maybe pipe in some water from Brays Bayou to spew into a fountain from a oil derrick and we can have our very own version of the Trevi Fountain

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FYI: Unlike those who stayed behind in New Orleans and trashed the Superdome, the Katrina refugees who came to Houston left no damage and no messes in the Astrodome.

Eh - I know, I know. I was embellishing a wee bit to add to the "historical" part of our very own Colosseum ruins. Wish there was some sort of sarcasm smiley to add to posts.

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