A look back at the Astrodome

The Houston Astrodome, once dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, has sat vacant for years, a victim of changing times and a lust for skyboxes. Like many other 60s-era municipal stadiums, the Astrodome is a venue without a purpose, and also like those other stadiums, its days could end in nostalgia-shattering demolition.
Jay Busbee

Relive some of the biggest moment that took place within the classic Houston 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)

New Orleans evacuees of Hurricane Katrina reside in the Astrodome. (Photo by David Portnoy/Getty Images for Stern)

Howard Cosell interviews Mohammad Ali after defeating Ernie Terrell at the Houston Astrodome on February 6, l967 in Houston, Texas . (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Charles Barkley #34 battles for a loose ball as Michael Jordan #23 of Eastern Conference All-Stars moves upcourt against the Western Conference All-stars during the 1989 NBA All-Star Game at the Houston Astrodome on February 12, 1989 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Billie Jean King with Bobby Riggs. Riggs admits he is a male chauvinist pig as he gets ready for the 'Battle of the Sexes," on Sept. 20, at the Houston Astrodome.(Photo By: Jim Garrett/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Jose Lima #42 of the Houston Astros celebrates his 20th win of the season as he carries his baby off the field after a game against the Chicago Cubs at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Cubs 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez /Allsport

Johnny Cash performs at the Astrodome February 16, 1992 in Houston, Texas. As an emeritus member of both the Country Music and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame and winner of the 1991 Grammy Legend Award, and with more than a hundred and fifty charted hits and over 1,500 songs recorded, Johnny Cash is the Grand Old Man of Nashville. (Photo by Paul S. Howell/Liaison)

Johnny Cash performs at the Astrodome February 16, 1992 in Houston, Texas. As an emeritus member of both the Country Music and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame and winner of the 1991 Grammy Legend Award, and with more than a hundred and fifty charted hits and over 1,500 songs recorded, Johnny Cash is the Grand Old Man of Nashville. (Photo by Paul S. Howell/Liaison)

American blues, gospel, soul, pop and jazz singer Aretha Franklin snaps her fingers during a performance on stage at the Astrodome Jazz Festival, Houston, Texas. Franklin has tightly braided hair and wears a sequined chiffon gown with a plunging neckline. (Photo by Tad Hershorn/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A general view shows the Houston Astrodome. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

A general view shows the Houston Astrodome. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Karl Malone #26 of the Western Conference All-Stars poses with his All-Star MVP trophy at the 1989 NBA All-Star game at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Copyright 1989 NBAE (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

The roof of Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans, is shown damaged by Hurricane Ike in this aerial view September 13, 2008 in Galveston, Texas. Ike caused extensive damage along the Texas Gold Coast, leaving millions without power. The Astrodome can be seen in the background. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)

New York Mets vs Houston Astros win 7-7 in 16 inning at Astrodome to win National league flag., IT'S CHAMPAGNE TIME... for wives of victorious Mets. (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

'1992 Republican National Convention' -- Pictured: Granddaughter of President George Bush, Lauren Bush during the 1992 Republican National Convention held at the Astrodome in Houston, TX on August 17-20 , 1992 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

Granddaughter of President George Bush, Lauren Bush during the 1992 Republican National Convention held at the Astrodome in Houston, TX on August 17-20 , 1992 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank