The Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have presented to Harris County Commissioners a study they commissioned by two firms to determine the budget, scheduling and execution of decommissioning and demolishing the Reliant Astrodome.
The study indicates that imploding the Astrodome and replacing the structure with a parking lot would cost $29,061,827.
The Texans and HLSR submitted the study, prepared by Linbeck Group and WP Moore, to Harris County Commissioners Court on Friday.
"Late last fall the two prime tenants, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Texans, assembled a team of experts to explore the most cost efficient approach to receive a resolution to the Astrodome," said Leroy Shafer, COO of HLSR in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "We asked these experts to define the costs and timeline associated with the demolition of the dome as it was determined this would be the community's lowest cost option."
"Our goal was to provide the County Commissioners with the information we felt was an option that had not been previously, definitively explored," added Shafer.
He said the costs for demolishing the dome and replacing it with a parking lot includes making sure the area involved is geologically and environmentally sound.
"What we're doing is giving the County Commissioners, 'Hey, you guys are putting all of the options out there. Put this one out there,' because it is the most cost-efficient, and realistically. we now have a real bottom line figure."
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett does not consider this new information on the Astrodome as changing anything at this point.
"I looked at it briefly (Monday) and all it is, is how much does it cost to demolish the dome," said Emmett.
"That's something that, if and when Harris County Commissioners Court made the decision to do that, then I'm sure we would go out for bids.
"Unless there's something there I didn't see when it came across my desk, all I saw were two or three options for how to demolish it and turn it into a parking lot. I know that's their position. I'm not denigrating it, but that doesn't really move the ball anywhere."
Judge Emmett said he does not immediately plan to do anything with the information from the Texans and the Rodeo.
"Read it and put it on a shelf," Emmett said. "It's not meaningful at all."
And Emmett said he is not moved by the figures offered by the report.
"I really don't think about them at all, because the first decision that has to be made is what to do with the dome," Judge Emmett said. "I think everybody agreed that the first figures that somebody else had come up with were too high for tearing down the dome.
"The decision has to be made first what do we want to do with the Harris County Domed Stadium, the first domed stadium in the world. The dome stadium that changed the face of sports in America.
"And if the decision is made to demolish it then at that point Harris County would no doubt go out for bids and decide how to go about it."
Emmett said the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, a subsidiary of Harris County and landlord of Reliant Park, is a long way from a decision on the future of the Astrodome.
"Somebody does have to come up with an idea that's got some money attached to it. Otherwise, we'll have no alternative but to go to the taxpayers and say 'if you want to save the dome this is our best suggestion," said Emmett. "This is what it would do to your tax rate, or the alternative is to demolish the dome."
"At that point we might take this off the shelf and say 'oh well they say it would cost this much.'"
"We want to make the right decision for the taxpayers of Harris County, period," said Emmett.