Astrodome demolition of outer structures begins

Voters decide on New Dome Experience in November election

By Courtney Gilmore - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - The Houston Astrodome opened 48 years ago to a lot of fanfare, but right now it's slowly falling apart.

Voters could save it come November, but no matter what they decide, parts of the dome were demolished Tuesday.

The entire dome is not scheduled to be demolished, rather the outer areas, including ticket booths and walkway towers.

The construction project is part of an $8 million package approved by Harris County commissioners.

The exterior work must be done ahead of any major construction on the dome itself. It's all part of the "New Dome Experience" to create a green outer space and turn this structure into a multi-purpose facility that would host special events, including festivals, trade shows and sporting matches in Houston.

Exactly how much will this cost Harris County residents? Officials are projecting $217 million worth of bonds.

Residents have a chance to vote on the New Dome Experience in the November 5 election.

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