man i miss the dome!
man i miss the dome!
I'm impressed with the pictures you all find and post on this site.
Pretty cool stuff.
Some pictures from a late '60's Astrodome program, which showed various uses of the dome.
The next 2 are from the classic 1968 NCAA championship game between UCLA & Houston, called the college basketball Game of the Century
I saw an interview with some of the players from the ucla game, and they said there was a huge time delay on the sound, so you would make a big shot and 3 seconds later you would hear the crowd going nuts. Pretty cool thing to watch!
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.
That basketball pic is amazing. what and odd set-up. Imagine the long walk to the bench from the lockeroom...
Illustration of the Astroland complex
Some more recent shots
2005 post-Katrina refugee center
Wow, great thread Astros!
Great pics. WOW, back in the day it was used for everything. I think the basketball set-up looked dumb. Fans are too far from the game.
Was that a stock car racetrack?? Thats awesome!
Is there any sentiment to have a baseball game there once more before they gut the place?
In the 1970's the Astrodome hosted NBA games and the court was moved closer to one side of the lower level Field Box seats instead of being in the middle. They eventually used the baseball field configuration (as the lower box seats could rotate to parallel for a gridiron) and ran the basketball court across from third base to first base. This setup was used for the 1989 NBA All-Star Game and they installed a huge bleacher section in the area just behind the infield.
One of the very few sports not to be held in the Astrodome was water sports, although it was tried in the mid-90's. A huge pool was installed on the floor, but the walls started to buckle when they did test runs with jet skis so the event was cancelled.
If any game was to take place there, it probably would have to be a amateur league or minor league game.
The real sentiment has been to preserve the building by way of redevelopment.
July 10th, 1969, from Mike McCann's blog of WFAN update fame.
View of the lighting of the animated scoreboard, not lit, waiting to explode in light (did in the 10th with a Jimmy Wynn HR, but not enough)
Last edited by alpineinc; 06-13-2009 at 10:22 PM.
Hey Astros, how's that model going?
I think there's a court down there somewhere.
Last edited by Lpeters199; 06-14-2009 at 07:11 PM.
What a great thread. Bringing back lots of memories. I heard the offices in the Dome were shut down recently due to code violations. Is there any update on that? Also, is the Hideout open to the public during the rodeo?