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NRG Astrodome, Houston

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The NRG Astrodome, also known as the Houston Astrodome or simply The Astrodome, is the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, located in Houston, Texas. Construction on the stadium began in 1962, and it officially opened in 1965. It served as home to the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB) from its opening in 1965 until 1999, and the home to the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1968 until 1996, and also the part-time home of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1971 until 1975. Additionally, the Astrodome was the primary venue of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo from 1966 until 2002. When opened, it was named the Harris County Domed Stadium and was nicknamed the "Eighth Wonder of the World".While originally utilizing a natural grass playing surface, the Astrodome became the first major sports venue to feature artificial turf, which became known as AstroTurf. In another technological first, the Astrodome featured the "Astrolite", which was the first animated scoreboard. The Astrodome received considerable renovations in 1988 that significantly expanded seating, and altered many original features.
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  • I can remember from 25 years ago, going to the Astros game at the Astrodome. The excitement of being in one of the only dome stadium in the country was amazing. The interesting thing is that even now,...  more »
  • Like the field house at the University of IL this was one of the earliest big enclosed and modern venues. We attended motorcycle races there early in the season back in the early '80s Now it's days ar...  more »
  • This tremendous wonder has seen better days, but it is a landmark of historical content. Sporting, entertainment, and refuge it's humbling.  more »
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  • I have fond memories from this place, but why is it still there? As I drove past this sad looking structure the other day I just had to ask myself why are the taxpayers still paying for the upkeep? Yes it was the first domed stadium, yes it was state of the art in 1965 , but c'mon its not like this place is the Roman Colosseum. I'm all about preserving history, but there really has to be some history ...How many championships were won here?
  • I love the history and story behind it
  • I lived there on Durhill at age 10 when the Astrodome was build, near the 7-11 on Buffalo Parkway and would climb a tree every day with Mom's opera glasses to view it being built across what then were fields. Across from me lived Mary, a girl who lost her thumb to a lawnmower and had her big toe replace it, and a Mexican boy named Max, who had water knees that needed to be drained every month and I and sister used to help him play on our slip and slide by pulling him along it. Another child Mike Drake was my close friend. This is a pseudonym I use to post this. My first time in side it was at a Billy Graham crusade. A year later we moved to Florida. At the time, this was considered the 8th wonder of the world and for a child, it was truly a wonder.
  • I love it, brings back so many memories. Sigh..... Selena... Astros.... Rodeo.... ☺️
  • Used to be one of the best things to see in Houston :( Currently being re-purposed for some other purpose.