The demolition of the Astrodome will be the most expensive stadium demolition in American history, according to the Houston Chronicle.
A study performed in 2010 estimated the demolition of the one-time famous stadium at $78 million. That total includes $10 million allotted for “asbestos removal” and $10 million more to “put a plaza on the site after demolition.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, the next most expensive demolition was the $22 million paid to demolish Yankee Stadium in 2010.
The Astrodome was deemed unfit for occupancy in 2009, and has not been the home for any team in over a decade. It cost $35 million to build in 1965, which is equivalent to $258 million today. The iconic stadium has held home to the Houston Astros, Oilers, Cougars, Gamblers, Energy, Texans, Hurricane, and played host to the 1971 Final Four.