Astrodome plan to be studied further by county

HOUSTON - A plan to turn the iconic Houston Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space was presented to Harris County Commissioner's Court on Tuesday.

"The opportunities are endless, so I think it's a perfect solution," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.

Harris County leaders are asking for further study on a plan to turn the deteriorating Houston Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.

The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation wants to tear out all the seats and create a 350,000-square-foot space that can be used for sporting events, concerts, conferences, trade shows, graduations and even the Super Bowl or Final Four.

County commissioners during a meeting Tuesday in Houston voted to have the budget office, the county attorney and the public infrastructure department review the proposal, which could take a month or so.

Last week, the Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. voted to recommend the project. Officials say it would cost an estimated $194 million and take about 2 1/2 years to complete.

If the plan is accepted by commissioners, funding for it would likely have to be approved through a bond election.

The stadium has been vacant since 2009, when it was deemed unfit for occupancy. The Houston Astros moved out in 2000.

It has also been placed on a list of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places.

We'll have more on this story tonight on Local 2 News.

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