Southern California School Has An Idea For The Astrodome

After striking out on local ideas over the past decade on how to use the empty Houston Astrodome, the people who operate the eighth wonder of the world may be taking an idea from an unlikely source in California this week.

On Wednesday, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation will vote on an unusual agreement with the University of Southern California. This is Sports and Convention Corporation Executive Director Willie Loston.

"What we will be discussing and possibly approving is a non-disclosure agreement, which would then, after that is executed, they would share whatever their thoughts are with us. We don't have any idea at this point."
 

We put a call in to USC in Los Angeles and so far the school isn't saying much about its idea for the future of the Dome.

 

After dozens of proposals over the past ten years, Loston says it doesn't surprise him that one could come from another state.

"The fact that the Dome is a structure that has somewhat of a worldwide identity and given the fact that we have been at this for almost 10 years now, trying to determine a future use for the building, it's not surprising to me."
 
Loston says the Sports and Convention Corporation will offer its own suggestion for the Dome's future on Wednesday and says it's something that will likely move the process forward. He does say the plan is not project specific and doesn't call for the demolition of the Dome. 

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Jack Williams

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News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...