It was called “Harris County Domed Stadium” when it was built in the mid-1960s. It didn’t take long, though, for the Astrodome to become the moniker for the nation’s first domed stadium. It hosted big events–the collision between Lew Alcindor’s UCLA Bruins and Elvin Hayes’ Houston Cougars in 1968 was one. Nolan Ryan spent a good chunk of his career there. Mickey Mantle hit the first home run there–in an exhbiition game. It’s been empty and decaying now, though, for several years.
The NFL’s Oilers left for Tennessee in the 90s. The Astros moved into a new ballpark after that. Still, there is plenty of history inside even if a lot of what would have brought good money at auction was removed when the teams left.
This week, county leaders will get the results of some studies aimed at helping them make a decision about whether to renovate it–or demolish it. The cost studies will include information about the impact that stadium memorabilia sales might have.
Judging by this article, though, it sounds as if waiting may have cost the county a lot of money as the ravages of time take their toll on the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.