The Astrodome Will Likely Be Demolished

Source: Matt Snyder, CBS Sports

astrodome_2013Tuesday in Houston, there was a referedum in the local election that would have authorized up to $217 in bonds to morph the Astrodome into an event and convention center. It was voted down with 53 percent of the voters opposing the referendum, however, and now the iconic dome is likely to be demolished.

The Astrodome opened in 1965 to fanfare so big that the Houston Colt .45’s changed their name to the Houston Astros. The dome was the first of its kind in the world, garnering the nickname “the eighth wonder of the world.”

Demolition isn’t 100 percent a sure thing, but it sounds like a mere formality. From the Associated Press:

“We can’t allow the once-proud Astrodome to sit like a rusting ship in the middle of a parking lot. This was the best effort (to revamp the stadium), and voters have turned it down,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said. Fifty-three percent voted against the referendum.

Emmett said a final decision on what happens to the Astrodome will be up to the commissioners court, the group of local officials who manage the county. But he said the stadium’s future was pretty much sealed with the referendum’s failure. He said a decision would have to be made quickly but didn’t say exactly when that would happen.