Even astrodome will play role during super bowl

Yet here it still stands, saved from the scrap heap for one simple reason: People love it and consider it an asset, keeping alive an American monument once occupied by the Houston Astros, Houston Oilers, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

In September, Harris County commissioners approved the first part of a new plan for it — to spend $105 million to re-purpose it and get it to make money again as a convention facility and parking garage for 1,400 cars. Fantasy football team name generator using player names Design and engineering studies for this plan will swing into gear a week after the Super Bowl at NRG stadium next door on Feb. Outdoor movies nyc 2016 5.

“Name another building other than the Alamo in Texas that needs to be preserved,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the highest-elected official in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston. College softball camps “It is what our area is known for. History of softball Just like the Eiffel Tower was supposed to be temporary but lived on, I think we need to keep the dome.”

Both of its primary sports team tenants left for greener pastures nearly 20 years ago: The NFL’s Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997, followed by baseball’s Astros, who moved across town in 2000. Usssa softball al After being found unfit for occupancy in 2008, it currently serves as the most famous storage facility in Texas, including during the run-up to the Super Bowl, when it’ll house materials related to the week’s festivities.

This is the only place in America where an active NFL stadium stands next to the vacated artifact it replaced. Facebook mobile not working Normally, when a giant old stadium has been rendered obsolete, eventually it’s razed to save money and clear the way for new land use.

Not here, where the Astrodome opened with a bang off the bat of New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle — the first indoor home run in baseball history. Fantasy football rankings It was only an exhibition game, but the novelty of the futuristic dome drew a sellout crowd of more than 47,000, including President Lyndon Johnson.

In Atlanta, the Falcons just played their last game at the Georgia Dome, which soon will be imploded just 25 years after it opened at a cost of $214 million. Garden of the gods hours That building will be supplanted by the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening right next door.

In Michigan, the former domed stadium of the Detroit Lions still is standing — sort of. Asphalt 8 The Pontiac Silverdome opened in 1975 and hosted a Super Bowl in 1982 before it was abandoned by the Lions in 2002, the year they moved downtown to Ford Field. Fabric outlet chicago Left to rot, the Silverdome’s roof fell out a few years ago, and now it’s awaiting demolition.

By contrast, the county-owned Astrodome will survive indefinitely, fueled by nostalgia over what it once was and a sustainable vision of what it still can become. Fantasy sports yahoo football It originally cost about $35 million to build, which is about $270 million today.

“The building is structurally sound, it’s fully paid for and there is no question that it is an architectural and historic icon, not just for our community but for our nation and the world,” Emmett told USA TODAY Sports. Stardock fences product key “To tear it down, it would cost over $30 million, after which you would have nothing. Fantasy baseball pickups I look at it more from a standpoint of ‘How do we make it more useful for generations to come without costing a lot of money?’ “

Some still wouldn’t have missed it if it had been flattened by now, including the Houston Texans, who moved into NRG Stadium as an NFL expansion team in ‘02. Landscape architecture Elvis left the building

For the NFL Texans, it arguably would be better to remove the old dome from the neighborhood, especially if the dome’s county maintenance money could be put to better use.

The trick was coming up with a solution that could address such concerns and still preserve it. Basketball rio 2016 usa In September, they threaded that civic needle. Basketball court size in feet The plan now is to build two levels of parking space 30 feet underground, where the building’s previous playing surface used to be.

In effect, that means the dome’s original baseball and football surface would be a parking lot 30 feet below where the action would be. Concrete and cars would crowd the space where Nolan Ryan pitched a no-hitter for the Astros in 1981 and where running back Earl Campbell rushed for 199 yards for the Oilers one Monday night in 1978.

The Rolling Stones rocked the house there too. Sales pitch definition So did boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who won all four of his fights at the Astrodome from 1966 to 1971. Football games download free for pc In 1973, tennis legend Billie Jean King thumped Bobby Riggs there in the “Battle of the Sexes.”

“They can bring in a six-story oil rig model, prop it up in the middle of Astrodome floor and the thousands of people who are coming in for that can park underneath there, ride up the elevator and see it,” Stinebaker told USA TODAY Sports.

Others might just want to walk in and look up at that giant ceiling, remembering what it was like when the Astrodome’s Astroturf looked like a bright green lake of carpet encircled by the rainbow-colored rows of seats above. Babe ruth baseball rules That’s what many did in 2015, when the dome celebrated its 50th anniversary. Francesca battistelli holy spirit lyrics An estimated 25,000 people showed up for that stroll down memory lane.

Next week there will be no public access because of security concerns. Cricket bat size chart The Astrodome never hosted a Super Bowl. France flag vector But Stinebaker said it still will be spruced up as a background prop for it on game day, when the interior lights will be turned on to shine through the roof, along with blue lighting to shine on the exterior.