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Dynamo stadium project passes key vote

HOUSTON (AP) — A proposal to build a stadium for the Houston Dynamo has passed a key milestone.

The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority voted 10-0 on Thursday to proceed with the project. Executive director Janis Schmees says the authority would negotiate the stadium lease with the Dynamo, then will oversee construction of and manage the stadium.

Still to come are a March 31 Houston City Council vote and one April 13 by Harris County commissioners. Approval is expected from all sides.

The Dynamo would pay $60 million of the $80 million cost of the stadium, which would be built in a vacant lot east of downtown Houston. The city and county would pay the rest. Construction could begin Oct. 1 and the stadium could be ready for 2012.