... or back to 2002, when the Dome still hosted activities and had a potential future as an Olympic venue.
Here's a better idea: Blow it up.
It's too close to Reliant Stadium? So was Cinergy Field
. It's a rigid dome that will cost a lot to bring down? It didn't for the Kingdome
The most resonant argument: But it's a place of historical significance?
Yeah, that's true. But so was Texas Stadium
. And Yankee Stadium.
And Old Comiskey Park
(Which fans in this video were none too happy about, though). And the Boston Garden
But at the end of the day, years of political stammering and lip service have doomed it. Is a building that has fallen into such a state of disrepair worth saving? Some venues get to a point where they have been allowed to decay to a point where it would cost too much to save. And it would seem that the Astrodome - largely neglected for the last decade - has reached that point, or is close to it.
The fact of the matter is, what was a modern marvel decades ago is now an eye sore. No one has come up with a viable plan for it yet, and with each passing day, the old Astrodome rots further. It had its occupancy permit stripped in 2008 for being unsafe, and has only gone down hill since then.
Yes, the Astrodome represents a time when Houston looked to the stars and saw its future. But in a way, it's a relic of that time. The city has realized its future as one of America's major metropolises, and is the center of the energy industry.
But so many I read about react to the Astrodome like a family member on life support. They can't let it go, and no scheme to save them is to cockamamie, no amount too little.
And yet, it isn't really a family member, is it? It's a building. An old building that hasn't served a function or purpose for a decade. One with ripped up turf, dusty seats, and would require more than a fresh coat of paint to bring back to standard.
Perhaps it is time to let the old dome go.