News

Houston’s Astrodome likely headed for demolition

Houston’s Astrodome likely headed for demolition

FUTURE OF THE ASTRODOME: The Houston landmark is likely to be demolished. Photo: Associated Press

JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astrodome was the world’s first domed and air-conditioned stadium when it opened in 1965.

It became Houston’s defining landmark, a symbol of the city’s can-do spirit.

But after voters on Tuesday rejected a referendum that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to turn the so-called “Eighth Wonder of the World” into a giant convention and event center, it is likely headed for demolition.

Bigger and sleeker stadiums replaced the Astrodome place over the years, leaving the structure that once hosted both professional baseball and football games empty and dilapidated.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says a final decision is up to the Commissioners Court, the group of officials who manage the county. But he said the stadium’s future was basically sealed with the referendum’s failure.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Police: Pesky Pig in Custody in Maine

Newsradio WGAN

An 80-pound domestic pig that chased children and adults on a walking trail during three weeks of freedom has been nabbed in Oakland, Maine.

in Local

Judge Keeps Bail Provisions for Former Chief

Demers.jpg

A former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old relative has been denied permission to have supervised contact with four of his grandchildren.

in Local

Democrats, Republicans Tout Legislative Candidates

GENERIC VOTE

The races for the Maine House and Senate are finalized and both parties say they are poised to win this November.

in Local

Tornado Confirmed In Limington, Maine

Newsradio WGAN

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the town of Limington, Maine.

in Local

Maine Officer Justified In Rumford Shooting

GENERIC POLICE CAR

The Maine attorney general has ruled that a Rumford police officer was legally justified in using deadly force against a suicidal woman who was advancing on him with a knife.