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'DOMECOMING': Last look at Astrodome before construction begins

Houstonians will have one more chance to look inside the Astrodome before construction begins to transform the structure into a "multifunctional event space."

HOUSTON — The Astrodome will never be the same.

Houstonians had one more chance to look inside the Astrodome before construction begins to transform the structure into a “multifunctional event space.”


The “Domecoming” celebration lasted from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at NRG Park. Thousands attended, many still in line after 8 p.m. Monday, waiting to get in.

Attendees were encouraged to wear vintage gear from the Astros, Oilers and other Astrodome-related events. The event was free to the public, but the 25,000 tickets sold out quickly.

The event featured an array of special guests, entertainment by DJ London and the original Astro Nuts, concessions available for purchase, and limited-edition Astrodome keepsake.

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Fans were lined up and ready to enter the dome late Monday afternoon.

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Another first for the Dome.

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Cool aerial video of the Dome for that first Astros game.

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Know before you go.

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Sherry Williams previewing the Domecoming event Monday morning.

Sherry Williams having a little fun inside the Dome this morning.

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Fans are ready for the Domecoming.


KHOU 11 News was granted early access to the Astrodome prior to Monday’s event. Our crew launched Drone 11 to survey the current state of the interior of the Dome.

WATCH: Drone 11 goes inside the Astrodome before renovations


Bill Bishop, KHOU 11 News Managing Editor, took a walk down memory lane and recalled his personal memories at The Astrodome. His first trip inside was on May 2, 1965 when the Cubs played the Houston Astros at home.

READ: A journey down memory lane

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The Astrodome could be open for business again by 2020 after Harris County Commissioners unanimously approved a $105 million revitalization plan in February.

The plan calls for raising the Astrodome floor to ground level and building 1,400 parking spaces. County officials say it would also create nine acres of event space and open more than half a million square feet for redevelopment.

Emmett says the cost will be split evenly, with $35 million contributed from hotel occupancy taxes, parking revenue, and property tax revenue.

The county judge also says tearing the Dome down would also cost taxpayers $35 million, and maintaining the required upkeep on the paid-off, county-owned building currently costs $171,000 per year.

WATCH: $105 million Astrodome makeover plan approved


To Dene Hofheinz, the Astrodome is more than the Eighth Wonder of the World. It's a young girl's connection to her father and the legacy he left behind.

Hofheinz has made it her life's mission to save the Dome. She was relieved knowing the beloved Dome her father Judge Roy Hofheinz built won't be torn down and forgotten.

READ: Judge Hofheinz's daughter's fight to save Astrodome is won

WATCH: Her fight to save the Astrodome is won


Houstonians share their love and memories of the Astrodome.

WATCH: The lasting love affair with the Astrodome

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KHOU 11 Sports Anchor Matt Musil sat down with former Astros and Oilers players in January 2017 to reminisce on their favorite memories in the Astrodome.

WATCH: Former players reminisce about the Astrodome


The Texas Historical Commission unanimously approved the Astrodome as a state antiquities landmark in January 2017. The designation recognizes the "historical significance" of the Dome and means it can't be altered or demolished without the commission's approval.

The designation was a victory for Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and others who want to save the Dome.

The Astrodome was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2014.

READ: Astrodome named state historical landmark

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