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FILE - This May 21, 2012 file photo shows the Astrodome, once home to the Houston Oilers, Astros, stock shows, rodeos, along with playing host to the NBA Finals, professional boxing, tennis extravaganzas and numerous high school football playoff games. An organized effort has been launched to save the Houston Astrodome, two months before a referendum will decide its fate. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

FILE - This May 21, 2012 file photo shows the Astrodome, once home to the Houston Oilers, Astros, stock shows, rodeos, along with playing host to the NBA Finals, professional boxing, tennis extravaganzas and numerous high school football playoff games. An organized effort has been launched to save the Houston Astrodome, two months before a referendum will decide its fate. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Preservation groups, PAC working to save Astrodome

Last Modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 4:48 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A last-ditch effort has been organized to save the iconic but now shuttered and dilapidated Houston Astrodome.

Local and national preservation groups and a new political action committee are banding together. But they're doing so less than eight weeks before voters decide whether to approve authorizing up to $217 million in bonds to pay for a plan to turn the stadium into a giant convention center.

Houston-area leaders say the so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World" will more than likely be torn down if the Nov. 5 ballot measure fails.

The coalition of preservation groups has launched its educational campaign with a Facebook page called "Our Astrodome," the Twitter handle @OurAstrodome and the Twitter hash tag #SavetheDome.

It also plans on holding town hall meetings and other events.

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