Historians say the NFL and the Rodeo are trying to strong-arm county
The board chairman of Harris County's Sports and Convention Corporation disputes the $29 million Astrodome demolition cost put forth by the Texans and rodeo this week.
Edgar Colon thinks the actual cost would nearly double that figure, and that a decision will be made within the next couple years.
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"As a sports corporation, we have to look out for the best interest of the taxpayers of Harris County," Colon told reporters during a walkthrough of the stadium Thursday.
"That is the way we're going to look at whatever decision is made regarding the Astrodome," he said.
Those trying to save the Astrodome feel the NFL and rodeo are strong-arming the county to tear it down so the city has a better chance at landing the Super Bowl in 2017.
Colon doesn't think the old stadium is hurting the city's Super Bowl chances and says keeping the stadium is still a real possibility.
"I see a lot of history in this building," he said. "Depending on the project, absolutely I see a future for it."
County Judge Ed Emmett has repeatedly said whether the Astrodome stays or goes, a voter-approved bond issue would likely be needed to pay for the decision.
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