Happy Birthday, Astrodome! A look at the '8th wonder' then and now

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The future of the Astrodome hasn't always been clear. Here's the city's love/hate relationship with the Eighth Wonder of the World has gone down.


1962

  • Astrodome groundbreaking

  • 1965
  • Astrodome opened to the public

  • 1996
  • Houston Oilers played their final season in the Astrodome before leaving Houston
  • Minute Maid Park was approved to be built

  • 1999
  • Astros played their last season in the Dome


  • 2000
  • Officials broke ground on NRG Stadium

  • 2005
  • Dome used as a shelter during Hurricane Katrina

  • 2008
  • Astrodome closed to visitors

  • 2013

  • Voters rejected $217 million "New Dome Experience"

  • 2015
  • County officials traveled to Germany for research

  • 2017
  • Astrodome became a protected state landmark

  • 2018
  • $105 million renovation project passed


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