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Committee Recommends Proposal To Convert Astrodome Into Conference Center

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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A general view of the Astrodome. (credit: Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

A general view of the Astrodome. (credit: Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) On Wednesday afternoon, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett found great purpose in a proposal that was unveiled by the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation.

The proposal outlined details on renovating what many referred to as “The Eighth Wonder of the World” into a conference center.

The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation proposed that the now deteriorated Astrodome be converted into a state-of-the-art conference and exposition center.

The proposed convention center would be the backdrop to various sporting events, community endeavors, large conventions, international events and other poignant gatherings that required a large and spacious facility.

Judge Ed Emmett reportedly found the proposal “excellent” and also found that the proposed state-of-the-art facility complemented the other tenants who happen to be the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Texans.

The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation approved the proposal during Wednesday afternoon’s monthly meeting. They will present their recommendation to the Harris County Commissioners Court at the court’s Capital Improvements Hearing come 9 a.m. on June 25 in an official and formal capacity.

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