HOUSTON (KTRK) --On January 31, 1961, Harris County voters approved a general bond issue of $22 million to build the Astrodome. About a year later, ground was broken for the new stadium. Voters had to dip into their pockets one more time and approve another $9 million in bonds to complete the project. The total price tag for the dome was $20 million, but the overall project, including streets, bridges and storms sewers was $40 million.
Here's a short clip of film produced by the Houston Sports Association about construction of the Harris County Domed Stadium.
The future of the dome is uncertain. Last week, Harris County leaders asked the county engineer to determine whether the floor of dome could be raised 30 feet to ground level, so that the Astrodome can be transformed into an indoor park.
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