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Hofheinz Family And UH Settle Arena Name Dispute

The family of former Houston Astros owner Roy Hofheinz and the University of Houston have settled a legal dispute over plans to remove Hofheinz’s name from the school’s basketball arena.

The interior of basketball court
The interior of Hofheinz Pavilion

The family of former Houston Astros owner Roy Hofheinz and the University of Houston have settled a legal dispute over plans to remove Hofheinz’s name from the school’s basketball arena.

Hofheinz’s family had insisted $1.5 million paid to the university in 1969 ensured retaining the name Hofheinz Pavilion. School officials asked a Harris County probate court in April to allow the university to negotiate a naming-rights deal as part of a $60 million renovation set to begin next year.

Among provisions in an agreement announced Tuesday, the school will ask the city to rename a street bordering the arena for Hofheinz and build a plaza for a bronze statue of the former Houston mayor and Harris County judge.

Hofheinz, the driving force behind construction of the Astrodome, died in 1982.

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