new day for the dome

New future for the Astrodome with approval of $105 million renovation plan

New future for the Astrodome, thanks to $105 million renovation

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Harris County Commissioners approved a $105 million plan to preserve the Astrodome. Photo courtesy of City of Houston
Astrodome parking rendering June 2016
A rendering of the proposed Astrodome parking garage. Courtesy rendering
Ralph Bivins Astrodome April 2015 The Astrodome, which opened in 1965, was the first domed stadium.
The distinctive ceiling of the Astrodome will remain. Photo by Ralph Bivins
Proposed Astrodome changes June 2016
A rendering of the exterior of the Astrodome in the proposed renovation. Courtesy rendering
Reliant Park, Reliant Stadium, Astrodome, aerial
The Astrodome remains a landmark next to NRG Stadium. Photo by Amble/Wikipedia
Astrodome
Astrodome parking rendering June 2016
Ralph Bivins Astrodome April 2015 The Astrodome, which opened in 1965, was the first domed stadium.
Proposed Astrodome changes June 2016
Reliant Park, Reliant Stadium, Astrodome, aerial

Fans of arguably Houston's most treasured sports landmark — and former Eighth Wonder of the World — can rejoice. 

On February 13, the Harris County Commissioners court approved a $105 million project that would reconfigure the Astrodome into an event center.

The plan involves raising the ground level up two floors, which would create a parking garage with 1,400 more parking spots. 

As CultureMap previously reported, in September 2016, officials unanimously authorized the Office of the County Engineer to spend $10.5 million on the plan's initial engineering and architectural phase. 

Funding for the $105 million renovation would come from three sources: the county's general fund, made up of property tax revenue; hotel taxes; and county parking fees. Construction is expected to begin later this year and take 17 months.

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