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Plans for Astrodome's fate to be discussed

Published On: Jun 19 2013 08:19:15 AM CDT
OTD April 9 - Houston Astrodome

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1965: The Houston Astrodome opens as the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, with an exhibition game between the Astros and the New York Yankees. Judy Garland and The Supremes performed before the game, with President Lyndon Johnson in attendance. Yankees' slugger Mickey Mantle hit the stadium's first home run in the game.


The future of the historic but deteriorating Astrodome is once again being debated.

The Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. is meeting Wednesday in Houston to formally consider 19 plans that have been submitted for reusing the stadium.
The sports corporation's five-member board might choose what idea to recommend to Harris County Commissioners Court at its capital improvement programs meeting on June 25.
The sports corporation will also be presenting its own plan for the Astrodome.  Last year it recommended to Harris County Commissioners Court a plan to renovate the Astrodome.
The stadium has been vacant since 2009, when it was deemed unfit for occupancy.
It hasn't been home to a sports team since the Houston Astros moved to their new downtown baseball stadium in 2000.