The Astrodome was once the 8th Wonder of the World (so was King Kong by the way), but now it’s just a big empty dump no one wants to deal with. Efforts to find a new use for the dinosaur of a stadium may have received a shot in the arm now that the building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Being listed as an official historic place by the National Parks Service will not save the Astrodome from ever being torn down, but it might help inspire investors to spend some money on sprucing the place up and finding a new purpose for it.
Can you say “post-Apocalyptic murder roller derby?”
But what happens if the historic places designation fails to attract investors? What will become of the vaunted Astrodome?
It will probably be torn down. Much to the delight of the people of Houston, who are so over the whole thing.
Recently the folks in Harris County, where the Astrodome is located, were asked to vote on whether to issue a bond to raise money for re-purposing the crumbling old sports facility. 53% voted against.
That is basically a vote for tearing down the Astrodome. Historic significance aside, what exactly is the reason for keeping it up?
It’s a building. It no longer has a reason to exist. Explode the damn thing and get on with life (said the Cubs fan who remembers watching his team get their butt kicked in that stadium year after year).