The Astrodome could not be saved in a referendum on the ballot Tuesday in Houston and that means that the place once regarded, perhaps only partly in jest as “the eighth wonder of the world,” is likely to be razed.
Fifty-three percent of voters refused to approve up to $217 million in bonds that would have helped turn the place, a decaying and shrunken presence next to Reliant Stadium, into a convention and event center. “We can’t allow the once-proud Astrodome to sit like a rusting ship in the middle of a parking lot,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett told the Associated Press. “This was the best effort [to revamp the stadium], and voters have turned it down.”
It’s likely to be put out of its misery, although the decision is not yet final. If it goes, it will take splendid, space-age memories of double-knit baseball uniforms, football games, concerts, boxing matches, monster trucks and Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs with it. The Houston Chronicle solicited memories of the place in its heyday and #Astrodomememories turned up gems:
Thanks to Reid Laymance.