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With Superbowl LI in Houston , What 's next for the 8th wonder?

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It is known as the 8th wonder of the world- the Houston Astrodome.

Millions have enjoyed it.

Taxpayers have funded it.

Now, a decision: What do you do with a building, a structure that inspired the design of so many other stadiums and ball parks,

but more importantly was the site where so many memories were created?

The dome's condition is declining and in recent years, many have pushed for its demise. In less than four years, a major event, Superbowl 51, will take place right by it.

But will the league's big game mean the end to the "8th wonder?"

Twitter users seem to think it's the end of an era.

"Could be wrong, but I think it seals its fate. Hashtag Implosion," one social media user wrote.

"Pull the plug. Hash tag Sad Day," tweeted out from another account.

And finally, "It's time. I loved my first car but didn't keep it when I bought a new one."

Houston got a new stadium in 2002, then hosted Superbowl 38 two years later. The New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers, but it was Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction that made the game so memorable.

When it comes to memories, the dome is at capacity. Its hosted sporting events, concerts, political conventions, it has even housed people who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina.

Shortly after we learned our city would host another Superbowl, a spokesperson for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority said the win had no effect on the Astrodome, and described plans for its future as "its own separate process."

A spokesperson for the county judge added, no time table exists to decide on the dome's future regardless of the NFL or its championship game.

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