The Houston Astrodome

The ASTRODOME became more than just a dream.
In fact, it has been an integral part of the growth of the America`s fourth - largest city.
Concerts and rodeos have called the ASTRODOME home as have other big events including the 1992 Republican National Convention.
Song artist as varied as George Strait, the Rolling Stones, Metallica and the BRIGHTEST STAR
ELVIS PRESLEY, have performed in the HOUSTON ASTRODOME.
This amazing structure that in many years shaped Houston, marks the 35th anniversary in 1999.
The ELVIS in ASTRODOME Fan Club - BRAZIL, pays respects to this grand-old lady:



Opened : April 12, 1965
Capacity : 54,313 (baseball); 62,439 (football)
Surface : Tifway 419 Bermuda grass (1965); Astroturf (1966 to present)

Location : center field (E), Fannin Street; third base (N), Old Spanish Trail; home plate (W), Kirby Drive; first base (S), South Loop Freeway/Interstate 610.

Dimensions : foul lines:325 ft.; power alleys: 375 ft.; center field: 400 ft.; apex of dome: 208 ft.; backstop: 52 ft..

Billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World by Astros’ original owner, Judge Roy Hofheinz, the Astrodome was the first ballpark to have a roof over the playing field. It also boasted cushioned orange and red seats, 53 futuristic “Skyboxes,” and a $2-million scoreboard featuring home run extravaganzas, cartoons, and helpful instructions to fans. At first, the Astrodome had real grass. An exhibition game between the Astros and the New York Yankees demonstrated that the semitransparent cream-colored panels in the roof made fly balls too difficult to see. So, the ceiling tiles were painted, and the grass died, prompting the invention of plastic grass known as Astroturf, which was laid down for Opening Day, 1966.

Astrodome Facts

The Astrodome is the world's first all-weather, multi-purpose domed stadium, and opened its doors for the first time on April 9, 1965 when the Astros played host to the New York Yankees in an exhibition game.

Renovations

A new artificial turf for baseball and an enlarged seating capacity are two Of the highlights of a $60 million expansion project which was completed in the fall of 1989.

Stadium Complex Covers 260 Acres

The stadium structure covers nine-and-a-half acres of land, while the entire Astrodomain complex covers 260 acres.

Comfortable Cushioned, Upholstered Seating

There are 51,000 cushioned, upholstered (seat and back) theatre seats in the Astrodome, along with approximately 4,000 pavilion seats (wooden back, upholstered seats).

Diamond Vision and Scoreboard

The famous Astrodome scoreboard and home run spectacular were dismantled in September, 1988 to facilitate the 10,000-seat expansion program.

Ramps, Escalators Provide Easy Access

Wide, low-pitched ramps and two sets of escalators provide easy access to seats ... the entire stands can be emptied in nine minutes with a maximum crowd.

Unique Roof and Lighting System

The permanent roof of the Astrodome, which has a clear span of 642 feet (twice that of any previous structure), has a maximum height of 208 feet above the playing field, which would allow the construction of an 18-story building under the roof.

More Than 6,000 Tons of Air Conditioning

The stadium is completely air-conditioned with 6,600 tons of cooling capacity during events.