A look back at the Astrodome

Pitcher Nolan Ryan #34 of the Houston Astros poses for the camera, signed with his hometown Houston Astros after being a free agent at the Astrodome on 1980 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Focus On Sport/Getty Images)

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They nicknamed it the "eighth wonder of the world." It was home to the Houston Astros and the Houston Oilers. Nolan Ryan struck people out here. Mickey Mantle hit a home run there. Earl Campbell scored touchdowns there. Muhammad Ali fought there.

But all that history wasn't enough for voters in Texas to approve a ballot referendum that would have authorized $217 million in bonds to save the Astrodome. The plan was to turn the dome into a convention and entertainment center, since it hasn't hosted pro sports since 1999 and has been closed altogether since 2009. The ballot measure fell Tuesday, 53 percent to 47 percent, with about 16,500 votes being the difference.
— Mike Oz

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