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Houston Astrodome Escapes Demolition Once Again ... for Now

By    |   Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 12:24 PM

The Houston Astrodome has nine lives.

The outdated stadium has sat vacant for five years as officials squabble over its fate, and now it appears the so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World" has escaped demolition once again.

On Wednesday, the Texas Historical Commission decided to delay a vote on whether to designate the Astrodome a "state antiquities landmark," a label that would likely stave off any plans for destruction.

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The vote will come up again at the Commission's next meeting in October, KBTX.com reported.

Opened in 1965, the Houston Astrodome was the world's first domed sports stadium, hosting both the MLB's Houston Astros and the NFL's Houston Oilers. The sports teams moved on in 1999, and the Astrodome ultimately closed its doors in 2009 after falling into disrepair.

Back in November, Houston voters nixed a $217 million referendum that would have saved the iconic structure.

Other organizations have floated proposals for the future of the Astrodome. The latest is a $66 million pitch from the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, CityLab.com reported. The plan would be to keep the perimeter structure of the Astrodome, tear down the inside, and erect a mini-Astrodome, which will contain an Astrodome Hall of Fame.


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The Houston Astrodome has nine lives. The outdated stadium has sat vacant for five years as officials squabble over its fate, and now it appears the so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World" has escaped demolition once again.
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