Astrodome – Eighth Wonder of the World for Sale
Two years short of a half-century since it opened in 1965, the Houston Astrodome – once dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World – will likely be torn down and parts sold for souvenirs. At the time it was built, the Astrodome was the world’s first multi-use domed stadium and ushered in a new era in sports. Today, the iconic building is rundown and has been closed for several years.
Thousands of people stood in line Saturday at a massive yard sale and auction being held at the Reliant Center, next door to the Astrodome. Twenty bucks will get you a 12-inch by 12-inch parcel of AstroTurf. Seats are selling for $200 a pair. Larger, more expensive items like dugout benches and autographed lockers will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The Astrodome was the home field for both the Houston Oilers of the NFL and Houston Astros of major-league baseball. No pro sports have been played there since 1999 and there have been no events of any kind since 2009. The future of the facility is still in some doubt. Voters have a chance Tuesday to approve a $217 million bond project to re-purpose the building into a giant convention center. If that fails, the Astrodome will be razed. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | Bukowsky18)