If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(KHOU Houston)   Newest proposal for the abandoned Houston Astrodome: Tear it down and turn the land it sits on into a park honoring the Houston Astrodome   (khou.com) divider line 34
    More: Unlikely  
•       •       •

396 clicks; posted to Sports » on 14 Jul 2014 at 10:49 AM (14 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



34 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2014-07-14 08:59:51 AM  
LET. IT. PLAY.

LET. IT. PLAY.
 
2014-07-14 09:19:26 AM  
Cool.  That would give all the thugs tailgating in the orange lot a place to mug people and go to the bathroom.
 
2014-07-14 10:53:54 AM  
Paintball arena?
 
2014-07-14 11:07:03 AM  

groppet: Paintball arena?


Post apocalyptic zombie outbreak paintball theme park.
 
2014-07-14 11:12:55 AM  
Even Commissioner Steve Radack, who once brashly suggested tearing down the dome and turning the remaining hole in the ground into a detention pond,

Wat?
 
2014-07-14 11:24:48 AM  

SDRR: Even Commissioner Steve Radack, who once brashly suggested tearing down the dome and turning the remaining hole in the ground into a detention pond,

Wat?


They had to do something with the Katrina refugees.
 
2014-07-14 11:31:37 AM  
Hasn't it been estimated the demolition costs would be enormous?  Who will pay for it?  (DNRTFA)

They should just turn it into a shambolic memorial for Astroworld and the National League.
 
2014-07-14 11:40:21 AM  

SDRR: Even Commissioner Steve Radack, who once brashly suggested tearing down the dome and turning the remaining hole in the ground into a detention pond,

Wat?


http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/eng99/eng99219.htm

A detention pond is a low lying area that is designed to temporarily hold a set amount of water while slowly draining to another location. They are more or less around for flood control when large amounts of rain could cause flash flooding if not dealt with properly.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-14 11:40:35 AM  
Astrodome preservationist? That's a thing?

Kind of ironic considering the Astrodome was emblematic of an aesthetic movement that was a giant "FU" to preservationists everywhere. It was the Stadium of the Future! Well, folks, we're in the future now and we decided your stadium is an eyesore; sorry.
 
2014-07-14 11:42:45 AM  

SDRR: Even Commissioner Steve Radack, who once brashly suggested tearing down the dome and turning the remaining hole in the ground into a detention pond,

Wat?


You've never heard of a detention pond?  Really?  Let me Wikipedia that for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detention_pond

A detention basin or retarding basin is an excavated area installed on, or adjacent to, tributaries of rivers, streams, lakes or bays to protect against flooding and, in some cases, downstream erosion by storing water for a limited period of a time. These basins are also called "dry ponds", "holding ponds" or "dry detention basins" if no permanent pool of water exists.
 
2014-07-14 11:53:42 AM  
How about they tear down Minute Maid Park and NRG stadium along with the Astrodome?
 
2014-07-14 11:56:21 AM  

Decillion: groppet: Paintball arena?

Post apocalyptic zombie outbreak paintball theme park.


Shut up and take my money.
 
2014-07-14 12:07:59 PM  

Super Chronic: Astrodome preservationist? That's a thing?

Kind of ironic considering the Astrodome was emblematic of an aesthetic movement that was a giant "FU" to preservationists everywhere. It was the Stadium of the Future! Well, folks, we're in the future now and we decided your stadium is an eyesore; sorry.


I took a class on Historic Preservation in grad school. One of the major topics of discussion was what to do about the post-war period and what, if any, examples of 70s bland concrete buildings were worth preserving. Theoretically, you'd want to preserve at least one of the multipurpose artificial turf stadiums, as an example of the "style". But it's one thing to preserve heritage structures when they're smaller houses or churches; it's another to try to preserve a multi-million-dollar stadium that takes up several dozen acres.

As scorpitron said, demolition is expensive. But just about any other course of action would be more expensive long-term. Is there enough demand to use the stadium to warrant preservation? I look at it much like preserving a World War II aircraft carrier. You'd better be prepared to buy several thousand of gallons of paint, a couple thousand light bulbs, and hire a few dozen people to maintain the structure. Not to mention having turnstiles spinning enough to keep the lights and the AC on.
 
2014-07-14 12:29:20 PM  
Build a new baseball park and see if you can induce a professional team to come to Houston.
 
2014-07-14 12:35:32 PM  
This was the most advanced scoreboard money could buy, back when the Astrodome was still a "new" thing:

www.examiner.com

When I was a kid, it fascinated me how they could make the lights do that.

I say sell it to a reliable private interest who will turn it into a big hotel and shopping terrarium.  At this point, (for the city or county), it's as useful as an anchor in a pirogue.
 
2014-07-14 12:37:10 PM  

lilbjorn: Build a new baseball park and see if you can induce a professional team to come to Houston.


Good one.

Give them a couple years.  They're bringing up some pretty good players from AAA this year.
 
2014-07-14 12:42:17 PM  
Bio-Astrodome?
compass-images-4.comcast.net
 
2014-07-14 12:46:19 PM  

Straight Outta Wells Branch: LET. IT. PLAY.

LET. IT. PLAY.


Over in one.
 
2014-07-14 01:17:04 PM  
Let's skip ahead in the recursion a bit: tear it down, make the park honoring the Astrodome, then tear down the park to build a New Astrodome on it. Included in the New Astrodome is a small park honoring the park that honored the old Astrodome.
 
2014-07-14 01:17:23 PM  

SDRR: Even Commissioner Steve Radack, who once brashly suggested tearing down the dome and turning the remaining hole in the ground into a detention pond,

Wat?


Interested in how many Persians it could hold:
soradesuka.free.fr
/yeah, I read the definition
 
2014-07-14 01:34:56 PM  
Houston has large thriving Hispanic and gay communities, so why not turn it into a soccer stadium? BBVA where the MLS Houston Dynamo play only seats 27000 people. Since the upsurge in soccer popularity during this world cup is here to stay put the Dynamo in a bigger home. An AstroHome.
 
2014-07-14 01:39:11 PM  

Uzzah: Let's skip ahead in the recursion a bit: tear it down, make the park honoring the Astrodome, then tear down the park to build a New Astrodome on it. Included in the New Astrodome is a small park honoring the park that honored the old Astrodome.


Interesting:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-14 01:42:57 PM  
The $66-million plan would tear down virtually the Astrodome, replacing it with a ring of structural columns resembling those now surrounding the stadium.

Doug Miller accidentally the whole sentence.
 
2014-07-14 01:43:50 PM  
Stupid trivia: The bridge across the 610 Loop right there was the first privately owned bridge over a Federal highway. (no idea of current # of others)
The bridge connected the parking lot of the Astrodome to Astroworld across the freeway.
Astroworld/Waterworld was demolished to make way for... nothing. It's empty.
 
2014-07-14 02:08:31 PM  
The Alex Jones Memorial FEMA Camp for Illegal Alien Children
 
2014-07-14 02:17:20 PM  
I was actually just asking what they were gonna do with the dump during the Houston Indy thread
 
2014-07-14 02:23:00 PM  
Can't Joel Osteen just expand his church there.
 
2014-07-14 03:08:03 PM  

mikaloyd: Houston has large thriving Hispanic and gay communities, so why not turn it into a soccer stadium? BBVA where the MLS Houston Dynamo play only seats 27000 people. Since the upsurge in soccer popularity during this world cup is here to stay put the Dynamo in a bigger home. An AstroHome.


Isn't that BBVA thing brand new, though?


lilbjorn: Build a new baseball park and see if you can induce a professional team to come to Houston.


Minute Maid Park is actually quite beautiful. And the Astros aren't in last place any more (quiet sobbing).


Anyway. Building a park honoring the Astrodome seems to satisfy both the sentimentality of the place while also getting rid of it. It's kind of like telling your kid that Grandpa went to live with the angels, but he's still lives on in our hearts. You know, the little things we do to make ourselves feel better about sad things and it goes over better than "Grandpa's feeding a whole colony of worms & bacteria right now!"
 
2014-07-14 03:52:55 PM  
just to stay consistent with the rest of houston, turn it into a parking lot
 
2014-07-14 03:57:24 PM  

AdamK: just to stay consistent with the rest of houston, turn it into a parking lot


wouldn't they have to pave paradise to do that?
 
2014-07-14 06:23:31 PM  

Di Atribe: Isn't that BBVA thing brand new, though?


Think how cool it'd be for a high school stadium though, while allowing bigger crowds in the AstroDome for soccer.
 
2014-07-14 06:27:33 PM  

mikaloyd: Di Atribe: Isn't that BBVA thing brand new, though?

Think how cool it'd be for a high school stadium though, while allowing bigger crowds in the AstroDome for soccer.


Hehe they'd probably want the bigger stadium for HS football, actually.

Texas.
 
2014-07-14 08:42:53 PM  
Neal Stephenson shows his prescience yet again.
 
2014-07-15 11:55:46 AM  

12349876: SDRR: Even Commissioner Steve Radack, who once brashly suggested tearing down the dome and turning the remaining hole in the ground into a detention pond,

Wat?

You've never heard of a detention pond?  Really?  Let me Wikipedia that for you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detention_pond

A detention basin or retarding basin is an excavated area installed on, or adjacent to, tributaries of rivers, streams, lakes or bays to protect against flooding and, in some cases, downstream erosion by storing water for a limited period of a time. These basins are also called "dry ponds", "holding ponds" or "dry detention basins" if no permanent pool of water exists.


Yea I learned something new, I always thought it was RETENTION pond, but this link explains the difference:

Link
 
Displayed 34 of 34 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report