Texas Voters To Decide Astrodome Fate

Texas Voters To Decide Astrodome Fate

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