During a meeting conducted by the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation to determine the future of the Astrodome, the organization unveiled a proposal to renovate and rehabilitate the historic building and convert it into a conference and exposition center.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett praised the proposal.
"The concept is excellent," said Emmett. "It not only preserves an iconic structure, but it gives Houston and Harris County a truly unique and historic venue for conferences and events. Meeting planners around the world will want to use the space."
Emmett said the idea of clearing the interior of the county-owned property to create a 350,000-square-foot, open and air-conditioned meeting space within Reliant Park perfectly complements the venue's other tenants, specifically, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Texans, while providing unique facilities for other functions such as sporting events, expositions, festivals and major community events.
The proposed conference and exposition center will be capable of hosting many sports, convention or community events.
The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation approved the proposal at its monthly meeting on Wednesday afternoon and will officially present its recommendation to Harris County Commissioners Court at the court's Capital Improvements Hearing on June 25 at 9 a.m.
Emmett and other court members have met with members of the sports corporation and been briefed throughout the process.
"It has taken a long time to get to this point," said Emmett. "But I believe the concept for repurposing the Astrodome will give us a facility that will garner much attention and will make us the events capital of the world."