July 30, 2012: Milwaukee, WI, USA; A Houston Astros cap and glove sit in the dugout during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Brewers defeated the Astros 8-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Astrodome Added To National Register Of Historic Places


 

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).

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  • Cynthia Neely

    The National Listing qualifies the Astrodome for funding and grants from Federal and State sources. (If LaPorte’s historic Sylvan Beach Pavilion could receive $1.5 million from HUD just two weeks after its listing, the Astrodome should certainly be a candidate for more.) New Texas tax incentives (approved in the last legislation session) also should help attract businesses. Improvements can be done as the money comes in. Beginning with the exterior, there should be nothing to be ashamed of come Super Bowl time here. The Dome CAN look like itself again outside without picking taxpayers’ pockets.This national honor, and the resulting income, will the be catalyst to encourage others to join in the restoration through donations and further grants. The building can eventually be repurposed and used for the good of the community as well as generate revenue to help with its upkeep. County officials could have done this years and years ago.