Two serious proposals offered for future of Astrodome

Posted Thursday, August 28, 2003 4:53 AM | Contributed by Mike R

Of the seven applicants submitting grand designs for renewing the Astrodome, only two show serious potential or financial backing, a review of the applicants shows. A group calling itself Astrodome Redevelopment Corp. offers an intriguing mix of companies, including Falcon's Treehouse, a Florida-based design firm that touts its work for Hard Rock Cafe. Its founder has designed major theme park rides. Another company, NBGS International of New Braunfels, is a sister firm to the company that owns the Schlitterbahn water park. It designs water slides and attractions.

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Thursday, August 28, 2003 6:50 AM
Schlitterbahn Astro Dome? Oh, please, please, please! Yes that would be the BEST thing they could do with it. Then SFAW could take out their sorry excuse for a waterpark and maybe add something worth going to that park.

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Thursday, August 28, 2003 7:45 AM
I'm surprised that Six Flags isn't showing a serious interest... after all, if someone else "moves in" to the Astrodome, that's new competition that they didn't have before. I would think that they would take advantage of this opportunity, if for no other reason than to protect their own turf.

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Thursday, August 28, 2003 11:47 AM
Well, the cost is going to be anywhere from 100 million to 200 million dollars depending who you listen to. Six Flags just does not have that kind of money to spend right now.
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Thursday, August 28, 2003 9:25 PM
Could be a parking nightmare for Astroworld as well if competition moves into the dome.
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Saturday, August 30, 2003 11:34 AM
An indoor year round water park could be really cool there! Seems like it would be quite an investment though to retrofit the dome for all the water attractions.

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Nashville needs a theme park!

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Saturday, August 30, 2003 7:43 PM
Six Flags may not want competition across the street from them, but they dont have the money to stop them. Im not sure how much Schlitterbahn has, but if they continue to build parks they may get into the same financial situation SF is currently in. On the other hand, this is a sister company, so it isnt all Schlitterbahn. Anyway, competition can create growth in both parks, and that is good for everyone. Ill go to both parks, I know it. And an indoor waterpark in Houston will be cool, although parking on football game days will be a nightmare. Oh well.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2003 8:24 AM
As we all know Schlitterbahn is building a park down the rode a peace in Galveston. However I would LOVE to see Six Flags buy that space out and move parking over there and then take the current parking space and pull a Magic Mountain and build a floorless coaster in the parking lot. Also they could benefit from the removal of water world as it sucks anyways. Then maybe they would have room for a smaller hyper/Intamin mega. One can only hope but know that in the back of your mind that Alstroworld(my home park) is forever doomed to clones and borrowed rides. Oh well atleast SFOT and SFFT are close by.

-Chris-

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What IF the whole world farted at once?!

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