Houston’s 13th annual “What Shall We Do with the Astrodome?” media season kicked off yesterday with a tour of the shuttered facility open to local reporters and photographers willing to sweat a little in the no-longer-air-conditioned space, sign a release, and hold their noses. What was that offending scent? Teevee news reporters politely referred to it in their reports as “mildew” or a “musty” odor, but Swamplot photographer Candace Garcia calls it as she sniffed it: “The smell of mold was overwhelming,” she reports.
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Could that smell be coming from microscopic critters hiding in the football-field Astroturf left by the building’s caretakers to soak in an 8-ft.-deep flooded trough for an entire year, but only rescued and strewn out to dry on the stadium floor in the last few weeks? (“They say it will be OK once it dries out,” Reliant Park general manager Mark Miller reassures Chron reporter David Barron.) Possibly, but air vents and moldy splotches visible on a few doorways are other possible culprits.
- Photos: The Astrodome then and now [Ultimate Astros]
- Digging Around the All-But-Abandoned Astrodome [Hair Balls]
- A rare look inside Houston Astrodome [abc13]
- What Would You Do With The Astrodome? [CBS Houston]
- What’s new under the Dome? Not much, really [West U Examiner]