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What will become of the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ Houston’s Astrodome?

What will become of the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World,’ Houston’s Astrodome?

It’s the world’s first multi-purpose domed stadium. It’s the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” And it’s just sitting there. Why are we having so much trouble deciding what to do with the Astrodome? Well, there’s the money: $64 million to demolish it and put up a parking lot or $270 million to refurbish it, but for what purpose? Just keeping it in limbo is costing money.  It costs a million dollars a year just to insure it.

The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation will make recommendations for the Astrodome’s future at the end of next month. We spoke to Willie P. Loston, Executive Director of the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation. Larry Dierker, former Major League Baseball pitcher and manager. Ryan Slattery, recent graduate of University of Houston’s Master’s Architecture program. Slattery has a plan to keep the metal frame intact.

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Edel Howlin

Edel HowlinEdel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend. At Houston Public Media, Edel started as a reporter covering veteran issues and the quirkier side of life in Houston. Before her time in public radio she worked for local commercial station Cox as an on air personality, whilst volunteering at KPFT. In 2013, Edel received awards for her stories from the Houston Press Club, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Texas Veteran's Commission. Before radio, Edel earned a degree in statistics at University College Dublin, Ireland. Quickly realizing that statistics may not be the path for her, she switched gears and went back to study TV and broadcast journalism. Since 2005, she has worked for both local and national stations in Dublin, wearing many hats from news anchor to producer, and reporter. Edel was born and raised in Clane, Co. Kildare, Ireland. She’s lived in Houston since 2008 with her husband and daughter.View all posts by Edel Howlin →