Fans catch the last few minutes before Houston Astrodome demolition
The Houston Astrodome will soon go the way of the Georgia Dome and the Mile High Stadium. The stadium, which has seen better days, is preparing to be demolished in favor of a renovation project that is estimated at $105 million. In anticipation of the raising, thousands flocked to the iconic structure for one last look this week.
A "Domecoming" party was held this past Monday, and included memorabilia displays, fans wearing different jerseys from over the years and, what will never be taken away, lots of memories. Long-time area resident and Harris County Judge, Ed Emmett, first visited the stadium in 1966, paying a dollar to enter. "I looked up at the ceiling just in awe," recalled during the Domecoming.
Sarah Brents, a 33-year-old Houston resident, said, "Every single one of my childhood memories involved the Astrodome. Astros games, the Rodeo, Oilers games," Brents said. "I even came here after school and did my homework during games."
The stadium was opened in 1965 and has sat vacant for 19 years. It has been designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and will come back to life as an event space. The construction of the new venue is scheduled to begin in October, and should be completed sometime in 2020.