New Astrodome Drama

Astrodome seats to be sold off before the Save the Dome vote: $200 for a piece of Houston history?

Astrodome seats to be sold off: $200 for a piece of Houston history?

Astrodome orange seats cracked with Texas emblem
Beginning November 2, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation will sell internal pieces from the Astrodome, including these seats.  TullyCorcoran.WordPress.com
Astrodome interior with Astroturf football field
Or maybe nostalgic Houstonians would prefer to own some Astroturf?  TullyCorcoran.WordPress.com
5, Astrodome, tour, March 2013
The sale won't raise enough money to spare Harris County taxpayers a $217 million bond issue, though. Photo by Doug Miller/KHOU Houston/Channel 11
Astrodome orange seats cracked with Texas emblem
Astrodome interior with Astroturf football field
5, Astrodome, tour, March 2013

Regardless of whether or not voters approve the New Dome Experience bond issue on Nov. 5, changes are coming to the neglected Astrodome. Two weeks ago, crews began exterior "site improvements" that consist of demolishing external towers and other elements deemed uneccesary.

Next to go: Interior pieces including seats, concession equipment and Astroturf. On Nov. 2, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation will begin selling these items to the public.

 What does someone do with an Astrodome seat? Surely, it's too rare and valuable to sit on.  

One memorabilia collector thinks nostalgic Houstonians could shell out big bucks for a piece of the Dome. Seats might go for as much as $250 to $300 each on the open market in the collector's estimation.

The Sports and Convention Corporation plans to sell the seats for $200 per pair with the sale beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 2 in Hall E of Reliant Center. Sections of the dome's Astroturf will be sold for $20 per piece. Everything will be sold "as is." 

What does someone do with an Astrodome seat? Surely, it's too rare and valuable to sit on. Is it part of a larger trove of Houston memorabilia? It would really add a wow factor to a collection of Astros bobbleheads or vintage Oilers gear

Of course, $200 for people who actually want to save the Dome is a lot more reasonable than the entire county paying $217 million, whether or not they approve of the idea.