Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 6:11 PM
HOUSTON (AP) — A county board has recommended converting Houston's historic but deteriorating Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.
The Harris County Sports & Convention Corp. on Wednesday opted to go with its own plan for the world's first domed, air-conditioned stadium instead of one of 19 private-sector plans submitted for its reuse. The board says the groups promoting the private plans didn't meet the project's criteria by a deadline earlier this month.
The board's proposal would cost an estimated $194 million and take about 2½ years to complete. The plan now goes to Harris County commissioners, who will discuss it at a June 25 meeting.
The stadium once dubbed "the eighth wonder of the world" has been vacant since 2009, when it was deemed unfit for occupancy.