For a charitable nonprofit, Rodeo Houston comes across as a tad indifferent about one of Houston’s neediest causes: CEO Skip Wagner tells the Houston Business Journal‘s Emily Wilkinson that Rodeo Houston is “busting at the seams” and needs more space: “And we’ve got 18 acres that is just wasted right in the heart of Reliant.” What, Wilkinson asks, would Wagner prefer to see happen to the Astrodome?
“Honestly, we don’t care. There are two options — one is tear it down. If so, it would become open area, and we would use it effectively that way. Second, ultimately if they gut it or renovate it, as long as we can use it to put on elements of our show, then we’re fine with that.”
And what about the 48 acres Rodeo Houston bought of the former AstroWorld site across 610? “We could move things like our bus operations over there and expand the presentation footprint (at Reliant),” says Wagner. “We can look at how to use it for its maximum benefit — maybe put in some RV hookups.”
- Rodeo Houston prepares for record growth, CEO says [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: It’s Not Like We’re Doing Anything Else With the Astrodome, Rodeo Buys Half of AstroWorld To Use as 48-Acre Parking Lot, The Astrodome’s New Gig: AstroTurf Storage Warehouse, What’s Brewing at AstroWorld? Chunk of Former Amusement Park Site Sold to Unidentified Developer
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