Thousands of people lined up in the wee hours of the morning Saturday to claim a little piece of the Astrodome. Local officials held a sale and auction of signage, turnstiles, seats, turf, lockers and other memorabilia that’s been sitting inside the cavernous structure since it stopped hosting major sporting events.
A turnstile offered at the event Saturday sold for over $4,000 to a native of Great Britain who saw his first baseball game at the Dome in 1966.
The on deck team logo circles for the National League teams that used to play the Astros went into an auction. The Expos circle brought a remarkable $2,300.
12×12 pieces of turf sold for a very reasonable $20 with pairs of seats offered at $200 each. Both were brisk sellers and some have already started showing up on eBay as buyers look to flip them to a national audience for a profit.
The long-term objective is to refurbish the Astrodome and turn it into a huge convention center.
KTRK-TV in Houston covered the story. Watch their live segment that aired Saturday night: