Thousands pack inside the Astrodome for Domecoming celebration

The initial walk into the Astodome for the Domecoming celebration gave fans a good feeling. Looking up for the first time in so many years and seeing the rounded ceilings and seats still in place.
Houston’s own artist Gonzo was one of the first inside and it was pretty fitting to because his art was one of the first things folks all while in line. He says, “walking in all the sudden these flashbacks to start happening everywhere you look around you just start reminiscing about when you were here when you came to an event”.

City official spearheading that $105 million dollar renovation also got a chance to share their favorite memories. Judge Ed Emmett says, “it was the dollar to where I took I mean we were from East Texas and you pay a buck when you come in here and they give you a tour and you go oh my goodness look at this place”.

“I’m a native Houstonian literally it has been about 15 or 20 years since I’ve been in here and I was telling the judge as we walked in I mean I’m just in awe”, says Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Very soon the iconic Houston landmark will be turned into a garage, storage and an event center. Many working to keep its history alive.

Jason Clement with the National Trust For Historic Preservation says, “I have really fun memories of the dumb this is where my dad taught me the rules of baseball it’s where I saw Garth Brooks live during the rodeo and it’s just a really special place and I’ve been honored to work on the campaign to help save it”.

Barbara Hauser came out to the Domecoming celebration with her husband and wore the exact same outfit she wore while working in the astrodome in 1965. Hauser says, “it was it was the highlight of the world everybody came here President Johnson was here the astronauts were here everybody it was a pack deal this was the place to be on April 9, 1965”.

The renovation project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2020.

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