Astrodome Plan Panned

A top official in Harris County, Texas, isn’t sold on a proposal to demolish the Astrodome.

Photo: Courtesy Gensler
One concept for the future of the Houston Astrodome is a $66 million green space surrounding a miniature replica of the historic but unusable stadium, shown here in an artists rendering. The space would include an “Astrodome Hall of Fame.”

The NFL’s Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show have put forth a $66 million plan that would turn the stadium into a green space and include an “Astrodome hall of fame.”

But Judge Ed Emmett doesn’t like the proposal, and would rather see the building repurposed.

“It’s a silly plan,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I told them: If you’re going to tear it down, just tear it down. I mean, is anybody going to care this is where Harmon Killebrew hit a home run?

The Astrodome is the only building in the world that’s 350,000 square feet of column-free space,” he continued. “There are a lot of creative people in the world who would love to figure out ways to use the space if we just keep it and make it an option for them.”