- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Work has begun to clean the exterior of Houston’s famed Astrodome.

Crews are expected to finish their power-wash cleaning of the vacant venue by January. Workers on Wednesday used platforms or hung from lines to spray cleaning fluids on the the Astrodome.

The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation last month voted to wash the exterior of the Astrodome, which formerly hosted sports teams and concerts. The cost is estimated at nearly $64,000. The work will be paid for by proceeds from two Astrodome memorabilia sales.

The stadium opened in 1965 but hasn’t housed a sports team since the Astros moved to Minute Maid Park after the 1999 season.

The Astrodome is next to NRG Stadium, which is home to the NFL’s Texans and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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