Voters Elect to Demolish the Houston Astrodome, Home of WrestleMania X-Seven

via The Houston Chronicle:

A $217 million bond measure to fund a massive Astrodome renovation failed by several percentage points with two-thirds of votes counted, a decision that could lead to the iconic stadium’s demolition.

Proposition 2 would have allowed Harris County to issue up to $217 million in bonds to turn the iconic but decaying stadium into a massive event and exhibition center.

County commissioners have said they would recommend the wrecking ball if the bond failed.

Beth Wiedower of the National Trust for Historic Preservation said she does not see much hope for the Dome in that circumstance.

“I think county officials have made it pretty clear that this was the final opportunity to reuse this asset,” she said. ” … All indications are that this is it. We’re spending a considerable amount of tax dollars to maintain it.”

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