It's no surprise the Astrodome has seen better days, and by the end of the
year it may be up to voters to decide if it will be the end of its days.
Wednesday the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation voted on a
deadline to make some decisions, and make them soon.
"What we are going to do is get final proposals from
everybody, analyze them and mix them with our own ideas and then make a
recommendation to Commissioners' court," said HCSCC Commissioner Edgardo
By June 10th the board says they will decide what to present to
Commissioners. They say that gives them enough time to get the item on the
"We need to start having town hall meetings go around and
let the public say what they think about the proposals that are out there,"
said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
Last month the county received a report from the Houston Texans and the
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The study priced tearing down the dome
and replacing it with a parking lot for $29 Million. However, Chairman
Colon says he's not ready to make that move just yet. Still he says any
private proposals need to meet their requirements.
"What is the use, the potential use? and how does it fit
with our master plan and our contractual rights for other events that
happen around here," asked Colon. The dome could also be turned into a
public space, a festival plaza, but it would also cost taxpayers.
"We need to then build an infrastructure, we have to
support the festival, water, electricity, gas, costs etc." said Colon. If
no decision is made by the voters in November the board plans to ask
Commissioners to decommission and demolish Reliant Astrodome which is
currently costing the county $2 Million a year to maintain it.