Friday, September 02, 2005

The Houston Astrodome ~ Then and Now

From 2002 to 2003 I worked at the Hampton Inn and Suites
on the opposite side of the street from the Astrodome, and it
was typical of so many places in Texas - a vast unused piece
of forgotten land, simply serving as a landmark for lost motorists.
I found these timely and interesting links that will perhaps
give the Dome more respect than it has received after
it closed in 1999.
Dome 1999
The Houston Astros got a new Ballpark called Minute Maid Park
and the historic Astrodome sat vacant all these years
with the exception of an occasional Liquidation Sale event or
a Electronics/Gun Show. In the meantime, investors and planners
have been trying to figure out how to make the Astrodome profitable
while it sits alongside the luxurious Reliant Park Covention Center
complex, which attracts Car/Boat/Gun shows, not to mention
entertainers like The Rolling Stones. 
Notable Dates at the Astrodome
1965: Judy Garland and The Supremes perform at the grand opening
of the new Houston Astrodome.
April 9th :1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in
exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun
Aug 19th : The Beatles who were not particularly welcome in Houston.
1973 Sep.20 : The Battle of the Sexes. Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs
1974 March 3, 1974 : ELVIS plays an Afternoon show at the Dome.
2005  Aug 1st : A report on the arrival of Hurricane Katerina 'refugees'
from the horrors of the New Orleans Superdome.
told the Los Angeles Times, cradling her three-week-old son in
the Superdome stadium.

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