Craig Hlavaty rounds up more detail on plans to implode the Astrodome’s 4 exterior ramp towers, which brought to the monolithic stadium structure a more castle-like appearance when they were added for upper-deck and wheelchair access in the late eighties. Cherry Demolition will knock the circular structures down after dark, beginning just after 9 pm on Sunday, December 8, though the weather may require changes to the schedule. Only 3 of the towers will be dynamited and dropped, however; the fourth tower will be brought down piece-by-piece with demo equipment. There won’t be a Texans game going on in Reliant Stadium, so viewing vantage points may be hard to come by.
If county officials aren’t prepared to declare that they intend to demolish the Astrodome or announce any possible future plans for it, why is the ramp demo proceeding? “[Reliant Park general manager Mark] Miller says the ramps were always on the chopping block, and were due to be removed no matter the outcome of the Nov. 5 vote. They weren’t part of any future plans of the Dome.”
Included in the demolition work now continuing in around the Dome, reports Hlavaty: disconnecting the ramp bridges from the main structure; lowering the surrounding grass berms and removing the ticket booths; and removing interior seats. The building’s Reliant Stadium-facing plaza on the northwest side is being left alone.
- Four recognizable sections of Astrodome to be destroyed in days [Houston Chronicle]
- Astrodome coverage [Swamplot]
- Previously on Swamplot: We’re All Set Now To Implode the Astrodome Towers
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