Teevee reporter Courtney Zubowski follows up on questions raised by some recent photos published on Swamplot: Just how badly trashed is the Astrodome? The county claims to be spending $2 to $3 million a year to maintain the vacant structure, but apparently that amount isn’t enough to keep the place presentable. A burst 8th-floor pipe has drenched the Astroturf, seats are caked with dust, pipe insulation is frayed, and hung ceilings have collapsed on office space:
It’s not all so awful: The suites seem to be in good shape, and except for some rust in the showers, the old Oilers’ locker room isn’t in such bad shape. But the Astros’ locker room hasn’t been cleaned up since it was broken into and vandalized.
County Judge Ed Emmett tells Zubowski he can’t foresee any action on a plan for the Dome — even demolition — without a bond election. He’s waiting to hear the conclusions of a half-million-dollar study.
- Inside look at the Astrodome shows history, reveals ruin [KHOU]
- Astrodome coverage [Swamplot]