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Astrodome may see 1 last inning after ‘no’ vote

Mark Miller manages arenas, including the Astrodome. Voters rejected a proposal to transform the old stadium.
Mark Miller manages arenas, including the Astrodome. Voters rejected a proposal to transform the old stadium. Michael Stravato/The New York Times

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Indoor skiing. Amusement park. Water park. Sports memorabilia museum. Riverwalk, though there is only a bayou. And, most recently, a $217 million multipurpose facility.

There has been no shortage of proposals for how to save the Houston Astrodome.

Yet now, nearly 15 years after the last professional sports team left the so-called Eighth Wonder of the World to decay under the relentless Texas sun, voters rejected what some county officials had touted as the only way to save the prized dome from demolition.

A bond referendum would have turned the stadium, once home to MLB’s Houston Astros and the NFL’s Houston Oilers, into a convention and events center. Harris County voted against it, 53 percent to 47 percent.

Still, this might not be the stadium’s last inning.

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