Katrina Refugees Will Go to Astrodome

Yet another indignity has been heaped on residents of New Orleans: They have to evacuate the Superdome in favor of the Houston Astrodome.

Katrina Refugees Will Go to Astrodome (AP)

At least 25,000 of Hurricane Katrina‘s refugees, a majority of them at the New Orleans Superdome, will travel in a bus convoy to Houston starting Wednesday and will be sheltered at the 40-year-old Astrodome, which hasn’t been used for professional sporting events in years.


The Astrodome is the famed landmark that helped put Houston on the map four decades ago. It still stands but is dwarfed by Reliant Stadium, the Houston Texans newly constructed home. The Astrodome opened in 1965, 10 years before the Superdome in New Orleans.

Man, from one obsolete sporting venue to another. At least Houston has electricity, though.


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  1. bryan says:

    Now that’s not necessarily true. The Astrodome still hosts monster truck rallies, motocross events, and the occasional rodeo, IIRC. 😉

  2. Kaye Smith says:

    Please make contact with a New Orleans evacuee to the Houston Aster dome by the name of Valena Coco, along with her daughter, Eliseanne and Valena’s mother.

    We are offering a place in our home for them to stay until they can pull their lives together.

    We are a retired couple and would like to help in some small way. For more information please contact us at our email address or call us at (260)244-5793, Columbia City, Indiana.

  3. Christopher + Viviana says:

    Please make contact with Valena and Eliseanne Coco and let them know we have space for them in our home in Miami. cy*****@be*******.net

  4. Sue Fulcher says:

    Please make contact with Velena and Eliseanne Coco….College awaits Eliseanne with open arms in North Carolina…….God Bless you both

    Sue Fulcher
    Fayetteville, North Carolina
    (910) 484-3686