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Houston Astrodome May Soon Be A Pile Of Memories

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  Original Published: 11/17/2013 Houston's Astrodome has a long and storied past. But the massive arena's future is now in doubt. Carl Azuz takes a nostalgic look at the Astrodome, which may soon be dust and memories. It was once called the Eighth Wonder of the World. It was home to the Houston Oilers and the Houston Astros. It was so huge, you could fit an 18-story bulding inside of it. And developers like it, so they put a dome on it. But that was back in 1965. That was when it was called the Harris County Domed Stadium, the first of its kind in America. The name "Astrodome" like the Astros themselves, honored Houston's role in the space program. And the artificial turf, called chem grass, was renamed astroturf because, why not? Those were its glory days. Now, it's an old, run-down unused monument to the past, that needed about $200-million worth of work to turn it into a giant convention center. It didn't get it. Voters turned down a referendum to set aside the money to renovate, remodel, revamp, repurpose the Astrodome, so it looks like the dome, is doomed. It's sad when you consider the famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match when Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs, was served up in the Astrodome. That the Nolan Ryan Express no-hit the Dodgers there in 1981. It's sad when you consider Mohammad Ali delivered one of his greatest knockouts there. It's sad when you consider Elvis sang there. It's also sad how he was dressed when he did it, but hey, it was the '70's. The dome most recently housed thousands of storm victims, relocated to Houston after Hurricane Katrina savaged parts of New Orleans. But they've long since moved on. The dome has sat for years over nothing but memories. Soon, it's likely to become one.
   
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