Future of the Astrodome Finally Decided by Houston Officials
The Harris County Commissioners Court decided unanimously on Tuesday to approve renovations of the abandoned facility.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the final design was approved by commissioners on a $105 million project to transform the former home of the Astros and Oilers into a coveted event space.
Some of the many groups already planning to use the facility once it is renovated include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston International Boat, Sport, and Travel Show, and various promoters to plan concerts, art shows, and dance events.
The Commissioners Court approval comes just 4 years after Houston voters turned down a $217 million bond proposal that would have paid for massive renovations to the Astrodome.
The Houston Fire Marshall's office deemed the building unfit for occupancy in 2009.
That along with the failure of the bond proposal surely seemed like it would cause the former 8th Wonder of the World to be demolished.
But groups fought for the monument of Houston sporting history and finally got the win with the commissioners court on Tuesday.
The Astrodome has not housed a sports team since the Astros moved into what is now Minute Maid Park in 2000.
Construction is expected to begin in October 2018 and be completed by February 2020.