Converting Astrodome To Greenspace Would Benefit Texans, Rodeo Financially

Replacing the stadium with a park would bring revenue from vendors.


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Both the Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo stand to benefit financially if their proposal for the fate of the Astrodome wins approval.

Under the $66-million proposal, the Astrodome would be demolished and replaced with a green space similar to downtown’s Discovery Green.  The space would include an “Astrodome Hall of Fame,” in tribute to the historic domed stadium.

The plan is similar to one advanced last year by Ryan Slattery, then a graduate student of architecture at the University of Houston. Slattery now heads an organization called gray2green.

“At the end of the day, when it’s not being used at all, it’s still a green space,” Slattery says. “It’s still a park-type atmosphere. But having the opportunity to have more spaces to generate more revenue from either vendors or patrons I think is a huge, huge bonus for both the Texans and the Livestock Show and Rodeo.”

The Texans and the Rodeo propose to have the project completed in time for the 2017 Superbowl at neighboring NRG Stadium, the Texans’ home venue. Any decision on the fate of the Astrodome, which is owned by Harris County, depends on a vote by the county commissioners.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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