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.