County Commissioners put Astrodome on November 5 ballot

 The Astrodome /  photo courtesy of Ed Schipul

The Astrodome / photo courtesy of Ed Schipul

Preservation Houston members will play key roles as both advocates and voters to ensure the future of the "Eighth Wonder of the World" when the proposed rehabilitation of the Astrodome is put before the public during the November 5 election.

This morning, Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to include plans to repurpose the historic stadium on the upcoming ballot. The November vote will allow Harris County to issue up to $217 million in bonds to finance the redevelopment and redesign of the Dome.

Preservation Houston supports the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation's proposed "New Dome Experience." The plan calls for converting the Astrodome into an income-producing, multipurpose venue capable of hosting a multitude of sports, conventions and community events, including activities of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Offshore Technology Conference.

If approved by voters, the repurposing of the Astrodome will take approximately 30 months. The renovated facility would play a key role in hosting events related to Super Bowl LI in February 2017.

The ballot language has not yet been announced. Preservation Houston will continue to update its members on this significant matter.