Voters to decide Astrodome’s fate

Houston-area voters could be deciding whether the shuttered
Astrodome is saved or razed.

A referendum facing voters as polls opened Tuesday would
authorize up to $217 million in bonds to transform the so-called
“Eighth Wonder of the World” into a giant convention and event
center and exhibition space.

Officials in Harris County, which includes nearly all of
Houston, have said the stadium that was once home to baseball’s
Astros and pro football’s Houston Oilers likely would be torn down
if the ballot measure fails to pass.

The Astrodome opened in 1965 but hasn’t been home to a sports
team since 1999. It’s been closed to all events since 2009 and has
fallen into disrepair.