HOUSTON -- Houston-area voters have rejected a plan to convert the shuttered Astrodome into a convention center and have likely doomed the iconic stadium to demolition.
Tuesday’s referendum would have authorized Harris County to issue up to $217 million in bonds to turn the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium into a giant convention and exhibition space.
Early voting returns, as of 9:30 p.m., favor razing the so-called “Eighth Wonder of the World” with 53 percent of the vote going against the referendum.
With 67 percent of the precincts reporting in, 89,455 voted against approving the referendum, while 102,708 in favor. Early voting totals also favored razing the facility with 47,190 voting for the referendum and 54,721 voting against.
Preservation groups have pushed for the stadium to be reborn. However, local leaders have said it would likely be razed if Tuesday’s referendum failed.