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Houston ‘Domecoming’ Huge Success as Thousands Visit Astrodome

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On Thursday, April 9, thousands of fans celebrated the Houston “Domecoming” at the Astrodome with one final viewing of its interior. The event took place on the Astrodome’s 53rd anniversary, prior to a $105 million redevelopment. Included in the event were displays of memorabilia, which eager fans enjoyed, many wearing their favorite T-shirts and jerseys from the past.

The Astrodome closed to all events in 2009 and has since stood vacant. The county-owned property was approved in February for an overhaul at an estimated $105 million, which will include 1,400 additional parking places and upgrades, allowing it to host conferences, festivals, and additional commercial events.

Houston ‘Domecoming’ Huge Success as Thousands Visit Astrodome

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The cost of the redevelopment is anticipated to be covered through parking revenue, county general funds, and hotel occupancy in the city. In 2017, the Texas Historical Commission designated the Astrodome a State Antiquities Landmark.  The designation had taken some time to be approved, since the “…request has been pending since April 2014, after the venue joined the list of the National Register of Historic Places in January 2014.” Word of the pending “Domecoming” party was also released in 2017.

Fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to once again find themselves at the Houston Astrodome for an event. The project is designed to raise the ground level of the building by two floors, and once finished, Houston will again have its beloved facility back in working order for the benefit of all.