On May 29th of this year, the Astrodome was named a historic landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. It received a Texas Historical Landmark Marker thanks in part to the World Champion Houston Astros who paid for the marker. The ceremony featured key speaker Dene Hofheinz Anton, the daughter of former Harris County Judge and Houston Mayor, Roy Hofheinz. She herself worked tirelessly to help the Astrodome receive this highly-regarded title.
A Brief History
The Astrodome began construction in 1962 and was opened in April of 1965. It was the first domed stadium in the United States and its conception and creation was lead by Mayor Hofheinz. The stadium housed many events for the Houston Astros, Houston Oilers, the Houston Rockets, and the Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show. It also was the stage for several historical events like the Battle of the Sexes tennis match and Latina singer Selena’s last televised concert before her untimely death.
Events in the stadium declined in the late 1990s and the Astrodome’s doors eventually closed in 2002. It only reopened again in 2005 to house the victims of Hurricane Katrina before closing again soon after.
What Lies Ahead
With its new Texas Historical Landmark status, the Astrodome is now protected from being torn down. Plans have been made for the stadium to be converted into an event center with an indoor parking garage. Construction is set to begin this October and is projected to be finished by 2020.