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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Thousands gather to celebrate Astrodome’s 50th birthday

The Astrodome’s 50th Birthday party was supposed to wrap up by 8 p.m. Thursday, but so many people wanted to take a peek inside the Dome the county left the gates open until 8:15.

By 10 p.m., people were still waiting as the lines were still wrapped around the Dome as people waited to get inside.

People came from far and wide to see the Eighth Wonder of the World. Organizers say approximately 23,000 people turned out.

Kiley Burton and his son, Brady, shared the driving duties, making a long-awaited pilgrimage from their hometown of Prescott to tour the most famous building in Houston’s history.

“Sounds pretty crazy,” Brady admitted. “But you got to do what you got to do to go back in the dome one more time.”

kthejoker Posted: April 09, 2015 at 11:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, history, houston, stadiums

Monday, March 23, 2015

Houston’s NRG Astrodome “Can And Should Live On,” Says ULI Report

If they tear it down, where would

?

he report provides details on the following recommendations from the panel:

Recognize the Astrodome’s iconic status with a museum celebrating its history as the world’s first domed sports stadium and create a new vision that rehabilitates the dome and the surrounding portions of NRG Park.
Redevelop the Astrodome as a multi-use facility.
Develop 1,500 additional parking spaces in the lower levels of the Astrodome.
Create a new ground floor in the Astrodome interior that can accommodate a variety of uses, including a park.
Create a new outdoor public space of live oak allée as a promenade between the nearby light rail station and the east entrance to the Astrodome.
Construct permanent outdoor covered pavilions along the allée.
Enhance the outside of the Astrodome with hardscape and landscape features.
Reuse the various floors of the Astrodome for a variety of programmable space, such as new space to extend the game-day experience for Houston Texans fans, new spaces for the HLSR, and additional space for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC is another major user of NRG Park facilities).
Use the transformed space for activities such as community festivals, farmers markets, movie nights, charity events and private events that will generate new revenue streams.
Identify and tap new sources of capital and operational funds.
Create a new leadership initiative to unite vision with action.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2015 at 12:40 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: astrodome, astros, defunct ballpark, houston

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Springer-Fowler bond complicates Astros’ future - Houston Chronicle

The question is, how much does Houston’s management team actually buy into this claim? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 07:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dexter fowler, george springer, houston

 

 

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