Harris County approves $105M Astrodome revitalization plan

KTRK logo
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Dome plan
County Commissioners approve $105M plan for Astrodome.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The Astrodome will have a future in Houston after a project was approved by the Harris County Commissioners Court to revitalize the aging landmark.

Some great moments in the Astrodome

Officials in Harris County confirm via Twitter that the commissioners have approved a $105 million revitalization plan for the Astrodome.

According to County Judge Ed Emmett's office, the new project will take two phases to complete; the first phase will require 12 to 18 months, and Phase II will take between two and three years to finish.

The plan will raise the Astrodome floor 30 feet to ground level, making room for two new levels of underground parking. The addition will create 1,400 premium parking spaces, plus more storage at the Astrodome.

On top of this new ground floor, visitors will find eight acres of column-free, weatherproofed open space that will host the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Offshore Technology Conference, The Houston Boat Show, auto show and other community events that could be affected by inclement weather.

Meantime, the upper levels of the Astrodome, which encompasses more than 500,000 square feet, will become available for redevelopment as well.

Of course, a question on many people's minds will be how the county intends to pay for all this.

According to Emmett's office, the money comes from three source, including $35 million or less drawn from the Harris County General Fund; approximately $35 million from hotel taxes (HOT) in Houston, and another $35 million from the Parking Enterprise Fund.

Another question on everyone's mind - will the remaining seats inside The Dome be sold? The answer is, "no" and Eyewitness News reporter, Ted Oberg explains why in the video below.

These seats currently inside the Astrodome cannot be sold right now. Ted Oberg explains the reason why

We're following this story on Eyewitness News. Watch for updates on air, online and on our mobile news app.

1 of 50
Happy birthday to the Eighth Wonder of the World! On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Houston Astrodome turned 50 and these are photos from the birthday celebration!
David Mackey/ABC-13
1 of 16
County leaders visited the so-called 'Eighth Wonder of the World' as they try to decide what to do with the historic Houston building.
Photo/KTRK Photo

Keep checking back on this page to get real-time updates as this story unfolds. To get alerts for breaking news, download the abc13 news app for iPhone or Android. You can also get breaking news alerts sent to you by email.

Related Topics