The Astrodome was built in 1965, and nicknamed the “8th Wonder of the World”. It was the world’s first fully enclosed, air conditioned multi-purpose sports arenas. It was home to the Houston Oilers, the Houston Astros, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, 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 and listed in the National Register of Historic places, and there have been numerous proposals for reusing and preserving it, but there is currently no adopted plan for the Dome.
There are several constraints that make reuse challenging, such as the Astrodome’s location in the middle of a large site, the structure itself is a large size, a need to complement the Texans and Rodeo uses, and the need 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 funds to launch “Future Dome”, 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 a new, feasible, and community-backed approach to the reuse of the Astrodome. Let’s come together under one roof and make it ours!
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