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Building the Astrodome: The Parallels Between Creating and Saving the 8th Wonder of the World

As Houston’s NRG Stadium prepares to host the Super Bowl next year, that ever-present question remains about what to do with the neighboring Astrodome. Architect James Gast sees parallels between that debate and the efforts that got the dome built in the first place. Gast is the author of The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle, […]

The Astrodome in 1965. Photo: Ted Rozumalski - The Sporting News Archives/Wikipedia Commons.

Building the Astrodome Book CoverAs Houston's NRG Stadium prepares to host the Super Bowl next year, that ever-present question remains about what to do with the neighboring Astrodome.

Architect James Gast sees parallels between that debate and the efforts that got the dome built in the first place.

Gast is the author of The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle, and he joins us to discuss what first motivated Houston's leaders to want to build the Astrodome, the role the dome played in integrating Houston and the political maneuvering it took to get it built.

(Above: The Astrodome in 1965. Photo: Ted Rozumalski, The Sporting News Archives/Wikipedia Commons)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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