Texas Voters To Decide Astrodome Fate


Published 08/14 2013 01:33PM

Updated 08/14 2013 01:44PM

The fate of the Houston Astrodome is now in the hands of voters in Harris County, Texas.

County officials voted Tuesday to put a plan on the November ballot that would raise $217-million in bonds to redevelop the stadium.

Built in 1965, the Astrodome was nicknamed the "Eighth Wonder of the World."

It was the first of its kind: A massive air-conditioned stadium with a roof.

The structure, with an inside height of 208 feet, has mostly sat empty since the Houston Astros left in 1999 for a newer, more modern stadium.

In 2005, it served as a shelter for displaced Louisiana residents during Hurricane Katrina.

The county is calling the proposed revival "The New Dome Experience."

It hopes to transform the dated facility into a venue that could host many types of events.

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