HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Talks of the dead and decaying Astrodome have surfaced again. This time, the discussion is sparked by the two major parties using the much-newer, neighboring Reliant Stadium.
The Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have presented to Harris County Commissioners a study prepared by two firms to determine the budget, scheduling and execution of decommissioning and demolishing the Astrodome, according to a report by KRIV.
The study reportedly indicates the implosion and later development of a parking lot would cost a minimum of nearly $30 million.
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The beloved Astrodome, long-time heralded as the Eight Wonder of the World and former home to the Astros and Oilers, has become an eyesore, a health hazard and a pock mark on what could be an almost-perfect resume for Houston to possibly land another NFL Super Bowl in the future.
“Late last fall, the two prime tenants, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Texans, assembled a team of experts to explore the most cost efficient approach to receive a resolution to the Astrodome,” said Leroy Shafer, CEO of HLSR in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
“We asked these experts to define the costs and timeline associated with the demolition of the dome as it was determined this would be the community’s lowest cost option.”