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Board Backs Turning Astrodome Into Convention Hall

HOUSTON (AP) _ A county board has recommended converting Houston’s historic but
deteriorating Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.

The Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. on Wednesday opted to go with its
own plan for the world’s first domed, air-conditioned stadium instead of one of
19 private-sector plans submitted for its reuse. The board says the groups
promoting the private plans didn’t meet the project’s criteria by a deadline
earlier this month.

The board’s proposal would cost an estimated $194 million and take about 21/2
years to complete. The plan now goes to Harris County commissioners, who will
discuss it at a June 25 meeting.

The stadium once dubbed “the eighth wonder of the world” has been vacant
since 2009, when it was deemed unfit for occupancy.

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Posted by on Jun 19 2013. Filed under Sports.
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