Ramp Towers at the Astrodome to be Imploded
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Only a few weeks ago, Harris County voters rejected a $217 million bond to transform the Astrodome into an event and exhibition center, leaving the ultimate fate of the structure unknown. Reliant Park officials say that the demolition of the four circular ramp towers attached to the Astrodome will now take place soon.
The four ramp towers are currently scheduled to come down on Sunday, Dec. 8 just after 9 p.m., but that the demolition date is dependent on weather conditions.
The Reliant Park area will be free of fans and tailgaters as the Houston Texans play a Thursday night road game that week.
The towers, added in the late 1980s to accomodate the 10,000 seat and luxury suite upper-deck expansion, were not part of any future plans being considered for the Astrodome. Reliant Park officials say that the exterior demolition work is needed whether the Astrodome is repurposed or fully torn down.
Initial demolition work on the exterior portions of the Astrodome began back in October. At that time it was reported that the removal of the ramp towers, as well as asbestos abatement, would not start until December.