County OKs Initial Funding for $105M Redevelopment of Houston Astrodome

September 28, 2016

After years of neglect and being declared unfit for occupancy in 2009, the Houston Astrodome may be heading towards new life.

Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $10.5 million to fund the initial redevelopment design of the Dome's revival. Plans call for more than 550,000 square feet of air-conditioned event space. Parking fees, hotel taxes and county funds are expected to cover the cost of the redevelopment.

The Astrodome opened in 1965. Voters in 2013 rejected a $217 million bond for renovations. County officials say the rehabbed Astrodome will be ready in early 2020.