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Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
|Official name:||The Harris County Domed Stadium||Formerly:||The Astrodome|
The Astrodome represents everything that has made both Houston and Texas great. It is a building of mammoth proportion that many said couldn't be built, but was pushed through by one man. That man was Judge Roy Hofheinz. He was one of a number of businessmen desparate to bring a baseball team to Houston. But the Bayou City can suffer through weeks of 110-degree weather in the summer. Any national team trying to play in those conditions was surely doomed. So a plan was hatched to create an air conditioned stadium.
> The Astrodome was the first stadium with skyboxes.
> The Astrodome was the first stadium with a scoreboard that shot off fireworks.
> 20 February, 2004 - Preservation Texas names this building one of the 13 most endangered in the state.
> 31 August, 2005 - It is announced that 30,000 refugees from Hurricane Katrina living in squalid conditions at the battered Louisiana Superdome will be transferred to Houston's Astrodome.
>20 September, 2005 - The last of the Katrina refugees leave the Astrodome. It served as a temporary shelter for 27,000 people.
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The one and only Astrodome, it's still great no matter what else they build next to it.
H - Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 @ 3:02pm
The Astrodome is by far the most awesome and innovative structure created in the past 50 years. It looked alot cooler with the scoreboard from the 60s and 70s.
Justin - Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 @ 3:25pm
I've only been there once in 1998 and I loved it. I think I was siting across the score board behind first [maybe]. After the game, a storm came in and lighting struck some poor saps car and it went up in flames. It was also awsome
Eric J - Sunday, March 18th, 2007 @ 1:44am
It is, and always will be the Houston Astrodome!There is no other stadium that holds a candle to it.. it was first and is still # 1 in my Texan heart
Michael Jordan - Monday, February 6th, 2006 @ 10:09pm
I think what you guys are doing for Louisana victims is breathtaking I have no words to say except you are the best state in the U.S. May god be with you all forever!!! You are the BEST....
Tara - Friday, September 2nd, 2005 @ 10:58pm
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