Anyone Who Still Wants To Knock Down the Astrodome Will Now Have To Get the THC’s Permission

Astrodome Super Bowl Lighting Rendering
After a few years of mulling it over, the Texas Historical Commission voted this morning to give State Antiquities Landmark status to the Astrodome (formally known, the agency notes, as the Harris County Domed Stadium). About a dozen Houston buildings have the designation (which can also go to shipwrecks and archaeological sites); the status means that any attempts to “remove, alter, damage, salvage, or excavate” the Dome — a spread of activity which probably includes installing that parking garage in the bottom — will now also need a permit from the state. 

THC’s Executive Director Mark Wolfe says in this morning’s statement that the Dome is “one of the most significant sports and entertainment venues in history, setting the standard for modern facilities around the world.” The structure will continue adding to its sports resume during the impending Super Bowl week by storing Super Bowl-related things and being lit up nearby (as rendered above).


The stadium was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014 (though that designation doesn’t always mean much in terms of what can be done to the buildings that receive it). The city, for its part, held off on giving the Dome city protected landmark status under Mayor Parker the year before.

Rendering of Astrodome Super Bowl lighting plan: Super Bowl Hosting Committee

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6 Comment

  • Terrific! So the State Historical Commission , or what ever its handle today, is going to take over the cost of maintaining, improving and keeping the building. This “taking” by the state will, then, not cost the Harris County taxpayers anything, right? Is this how Kelo works?

  • A subversion of the will.of.the Majority that voted down any funding for the Dome, years ago.

  • @Barks
    Not wanting to turn the Dome into another convection hall /= wanting to tear it down. No one voted on whether we should or shouldn’t tear it down.
    If you want to be angry at anyone, get heated about McNAir ( Texans) and the Rodeo. Those guys have blocked or resisted all efforts to find a solution for the Dome. Their selfish (parking only) solutions do nothing for taxpayers and amount to welfare for the rich that run the rodeo and run the TExans.

  • I’ve always let historical commissions do their thing without making judgement. That ends today, worthless old farts.

  • I think the astrodome should be turned into a museum which would have the rodeo stars, the love you blue area (the Houston Oilers), the astros, and all the concerts entertainers that have performed there. That is Houston history. Why tare it down.