If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of the Astrodome, your chance is coming. And it’s coming sooner than you think.
The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation will hold what amounts to a yard sale tomorrow morning at Reliant Park. Seats, parts of the turf and other items will be sold. Collector Tom Kennedy says he's ready for it.
“Anything that is from the Dome, the earlier the better, is in really high demand by collectors,” Tom Kennedy told our television partner, Local 2.
Other collectors are excited as well.
“It’s a huge opportunity to own part of Houston. It’s very historic,” Tom Cotton said.
The seats will go for $200 a pair. Pieces of the Astroturf will go for 20 bucks. Some of the higher end items like turnstiles will be sold at auction. Former Astros player and manager Phil Garner told KTRH he doesn’t have any pieces of the Astrodome from his time as a player.
“I don’t have a seat. I don’t have a piece of the old scoreboard, which would be kind of fun,” Garner said.
Garner said he might have to get in on the yard sale, too.
“We just finished building a new house. Part of it was that my wife put up lockers for our grandkids. We have stadium seating in front of those lockers. It would be really cool if we could put in a couple of the old Astrodome seats,” Garner said.
The gates will open up at 6 o'clock tomorrow morning. Proceeds will go to the Astrodome renovation project. But if you are looking for any Houston Oilers memorabilia, you are out of luck. All of that went to Tennessee when the team left town in the mid-1990’s.