Statement regarding NRG Astrodome proposal from Leroy Shafer, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chief operating officer, Thursday, July 10, 2014:
This is just one more feasible option for use of the space where the NRG Astrodome now stands. The study was commissioned by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Texans after the failure of the November 2013 referendum to repurpose the NRG Astrodome.
Although the option does include removal of the NRG Astrodome building itself, it pays homage to the history, heritage and culture of the Dome. The plan is constructed so that anyone who visits the space will have the ability to learn about the relevant events held in the Dome and about its unique history.
This plan would also provide a major green space in the middle of NRG Park, which we’ve never had. It will benefit any event held at NRG Park with its functionality and usability.
Again, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, along with the Texans, look at this proposal as another option to be considered. It’s an affordable option, considering the ultimate benefits, and it has the potential to be funded by a private-public partnership.
It’s been nearly 13 years since the first request for proposals for doing something with the NRG Astrodome went out, and we’re hopeful that we’ll see a resolution sooner rather than later.
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