Texans, Rodeo oppose Astrodome redevelopment boondoggle

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The Chronicle‘s Bill Murphy reports that both Houston Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have come out against the Astrodome convention-hotel boondoggle:

The $450-million plan to reinvent the Astrodome as an upscale convention hotel may have died today when the Texans and Houston rodeo officials announced their opposition to the redevelopment effort.

The Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s contracts in effect give them veto power over new development at Reliant Park.

Officials at both organizations said they opposed the Astrodome Redevelopment Co.’s complex that would include a 1,300-room hotel, restaurants, a food court and amusement rides because it could hurt their operations.

The opposition of those two organizations will likely mean the end of the Astrodome hotel redevelopment fantasies. It may finally be time to get down to the business of demolishing the old eyesore.

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