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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo planning to redevelop AstroWorld property

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo planning to redevelop AstroWorld land

NRG Park Renderings March 2014 NRG Stadium
The Rodeo's current space could increase by 102 acres.  Courtesy rendering

Changes could soon be coming to the site where AstroWorld once stood. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo says it's in the early stages of redeveloping the space. It's currently being used as extra parking for the Rodeo.

HLSR president and CEO Joel Cowley says the rodeo wants the site to serve multiple purposes, such as holding educational exhibits and events, and add to its agricultural mission. He adds all plans are conceptual at this point.

Six Flags AstroWorld turned 50 years old in June. The beloved theme park was first brought to the city in 1968 by former Houston Mayor Roy Hofheinz.

It shut down on October 30, 2005, citing declining patronage and the rising value of the theme park's 102 acres.

Many Houstonians took the park's closing hard, with nothing ever taking its place. Of late, the theme park has seen a resurgence in pop culture reference, as Houston-born rapper Travis Scott recently released his album, AstroWorld, which currently sits at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Scott also just announced a highly anticipated AstroWorld Festival in the fall. 

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