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The Astrodome was built in 1965 and is nicknamed the “8th Wonder of the World.” It was the world’s first fully enclosed, air-conditioned multi-purpose sports arena. It was home to the Houston Oilers, the Houston Astros, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), as well as many other events. The Astrodome is owned and maintained by Harris County but has been empty since 2009. It has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is designated a Texas State Landmark. There have been numerous proposals for preserving and reusing it, but there is currently no adopted plan for the future of the Dome.
There are several constraints that make reuse challenging, such as the Astrodome’s location in the middle of NRG Park, the large size of the structure itself, the need to complement the HLSR and Texans activities in NRG Park, and the desire to be financially sustainable while also benefiting the public.
The Astrodome Conservancy has been advocating to preserve the Dome since its founding in 2016, and has secured private donations and grant funding to launch the “Future Dome” effort – a community engagement campaign where we are asking for your input on the future of the Astrodome. We are here to listen to you. The results of this campaign will be used to support an innovative, feasible, and community-backed approach to the reuse of the Astrodome. Let’s come together under one roof and make it ours!