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  • I like the idea of turning the Dome into a plane'arium.
    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.

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    • Originally posted by Paul W View Post
      who would pay to salvage it?

      i saw it a few weeks ago and even from a distance it was run down and dwarfed by the other dome.
      Pressure wash it and accept that it goes underground and the Relient dome doesn't. Clean up the trash off the turf and it looks good to go from a structure stand point to me.
      The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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      • I would love to see a three game series in the Astrodome. That would be epic to see baseball in there again.

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        • Originally posted by Chevy114 View Post
          Pressure wash it and accept that it goes underground and the Relient dome doesn't. Clean up the trash off the turf and it looks good to go from a structure stand point to me.
          again - who would pay to salvage it? 'stros? harris co.? city? not likely...
          the turd in the punchbowl
          reality really sucks.
          enjoy the game more...

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          • Originally posted by Paul W View Post
            again - who would pay to salvage it? 'stros? harris co.? city? not likely...
            Its one game I will pay for the pressuring washing myself and we can find some high school needed community service hours to pick up the trash off the turf. Everything will just be a transfer from the Astro's jobs at Minute maid to the astrodome. Again one game not a season or a lifetime, just one game.
            The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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            • Another story on the current state of the Astrodome:
              http://www.khou.com/video/featured-v...144994555.html

              Reliant Park General Manager Mark Miller escorted us through what’s been called "the eighth wonder of the world."

              "You still walk out here and it’s still impressive, the roof to the Dome, the feel of the Dome, it’s just an impressive structure," said Miller, as we walked out under the skylights. "They’ve been working on the turf."

              The turf is just one of the issues Reliant is dealing with right now. A pipe burst on the eighth floor, drenching it. When we were there, crews were rolling it up, because it’s soaking wet.

              The seats are caked in dust, and many of them are torn with the padding sticking out. "It needs a lot of repair, it needs a lot of work," said Miller.
              The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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              • http://www.khou.com/home/The-dramati...145242055.html

                This was an April Fools Joke by KHOU 11 NEWS in 1994 during the fits with the Oilers.

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                • Here's a newspaper story, with a lot of photos, about the Astrodome posted last night: http://blog.chron.com/ultimateastros...-then-and-now/
                  Rockies fan living in Texas

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                  • http://www.houstonpress.com/slidesho...me-36498114/#1





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                    • Do they still do the texas state championships there are did they finally upgrade?
                      The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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                      • All football state championships for the next few years have moved to Arlington. They stopped hosting games at the same time that Katrina and Rita was there in 2006.

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                        • Originally posted by bhratbrat View Post
                          All football state championships for the next few years have moved to Arlington. They stopped hosting games at the same time that Katrina and Rita was there in 2006.
                          I don't blame them. Florida had to move games to the Citrus Bowl (a neutral but outdated site) because people were claiming it was a recruiting violation to allow players to see one stadium without it being a trip. At least Texas gets to use a good stadium.
                          The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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                          • Wow just looked at all these picutres. So many great angles of things I have never seen like the concourses and I didn't realize you could see through the slits on the side of the dome. So cool to finally see!
                            The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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                            • I wouldn't call the dome "rotting". The fact that it's indoor will keep most of the things inside from rotting. Obviously the rolled up turf got wet. Other than that, the place looks great. Out dated? Yeah, it's been closed for a decade. But far from "rotting".

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                              • No matter what you call it there are a lot of seats from those pictures that are coming apart and need to be put back together. The structure seems sound though and it seems to still have enough thinks that look like they work that they could put a game in there for old times sake.
                                The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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