New Coalition Pushes for Astrodome Reuse as a Special Events Venue

Referendum to revitalize stadium set for public vote on November 5

Local and national preservation groups have joined forces to work alongside “The New Dome Experience” campaign to galvanize public support for revitalizing the Astrodome as a special events venue. On November 5, Harris County voters will decide the stadium’s fate when they vote on Proposition 2, which would fund redevelopment of the world’s first domed stadium.

The preservation coalition is comprised of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Houston, Houston Mod, American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Houston, and Houston Arts and Media. The group is collaborating on an effort to educate the public about the referendum that would raise as much as $217 million to reuse the vacant Astrodome, which appeared on the National Trust’s 2013 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and is part of the organization’s National Treasures program. National Treasures is a portfolio of highly-significant endangered historic places throughout the country where the National Trust makes a long-term commitment to finding a preservation solution.

 “A vote for the referendum is a vote to invigorate a symbol of Houston’s pioneering spirit and a nationally-recognized landmark, while serving an important need in the community for event space and as an economic driver for the region,” said Beth Wiedower, senior field officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The annual average cost to each Harris County taxpayer to bring the Astrodome back to life is far less than the cost to park at Reliant Stadium on a single game day.” 

Opened in 1965 and quickly deemed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Astrodome has been primarily vacant since 2006. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation’s reuse plan, “The New Dome Experience,” would provide an alternate and complementary location for events when Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center and Reliant Arena are unavailable or unsuitable. The plan is designed to attract new and significant events, attractions and revenue to Harris County and will have a multiplier effect throughout the Houston metropolitan area. 

“It's an honor to be one of the leaders of this effort to save the Astrodome and bring together a coalition of local and national groups. They have the resources and expertise that will make this a success for all of Harris County,” said Jon Lindsay, co-chair of the “The New Dome Experience” political action committee campaign.  “This coalition has the ability to reach out to the residents of Harris County and revitalize the Dome, making it a world stage again.”

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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places.

About Preservation Houston

Preservation Houston, the National Trust’s local partner, promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston’s architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy, and committed action.

About Houston Mod

Houston Mod, established in 2003 as a nonprofit membership organization, is dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of modern architecture in Houston and Texas.  Houston Mod advocates for the preservation of this cultural legacy and seeks support from its members and the public in achieving this goal.  

About Houston Arts and Media

Houston Arts and Media creates innovative and compelling media to teach Texans about our history. Through documentaries, books, web content and live interactive events, HAM preserves the many diverse stories and images that make Texas what it is today.

About AIA Houston

AIA Houston is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA Houston is a community of architects coming together to accomplish things in our practices and in our communities that no single architect can do alone. 



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