The Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation is expected to vote Wednesday on a plan which executive director Willie P. Loston believes will speed up years of speculation about Houston's aging Astrodome.
“It basically establishes a time line to work through all of the current proposals regarding the rehabilitation of the facility and also consider any new proposals,” Loston tells KTRH News.
Among the new proposals, a plan to tear down the former “Eighth Wonder of the World” presented by the Houston Texans and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last month.
Now the University of Southern California has jumped into the mix with it's own undisclosed plan for the vacant stadium.
Loston says if approved, the HCSCC time line would go to Harris County Commissioners Court for consideration at it's capital improvements hearing at the end of June. That could set the stage for a possible referendum vote by county residents this November.
All this comes amid pressure by the NFL and others who want the Astrodome torn down to make way for new parking places at Reliant Park. Doing so could help Houston's Super Bowl bid for the big game in 2017.