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    the one picture of the NCAA the close up makes it look like its in the future. i dont know why

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    Here are some photos showing an early model, the stadium skeleton, Mickey Mantle signing autographs on 4/9/65, a ticket stub to the first game (exhibition versus the Yankees) and a shot of the game in progress on Opening Night.
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    What better way to to have a first pitch in the Astrodome than to have America's Astronauts do so? Here they are on April 12, 1965 for the first regular season game that was played against the Phillies.
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    That model is pretty sweet.

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    I never realized how high the 3rd base seats were. Cool idea to have an area to walk under!
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    Here are photos taken from around the same angles looking towards the north. They show the progression of the Astrodome from when it was a hole in the ground, to a construction site, to a finished product and how it stands today. Colt Stadium is the park located in the parking lot.
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Astros View Post
    Take a look at my markings on the photo below and you'll see how the baseball was laid out. The red Field Level seats would move back into baseball configuration.
    So it's pretty e-z to say that Shea and Astrodome were near clones - one simply didn't have a roof!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYFan1stYankFan2nd View Post
    So it's pretty e-z to say that Shea and Astrodome were near clones - one simply didn't have a roof!
    The elevations for the first three seating levels were very similar. The moveable field level seats for both stadiums are also very much alike. Most of the main structure behind the seating areas in the Dome was different because it was designed to support the roof. Another difference was that the playing field sat 25 feet below the street level (one reason why Reliant Stadium looks so much taller than the dome today) and Shea was built at grade level. My understanding was the fact that the land Shea was built on was swamp land and wouldn't be conducive to digging a hole like the did at the dome.

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    These are from the History Channel show "Life After People". Pretty interesting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubis2051 View Post
    These are from the History Channel show "Life After People". Pretty interesting.

    I saw that the other day. The collapse is estimated about 100 years after people are gone. They also said that bats will infest the stadium and eat the Astroturf. I thought that was kind of funny. The turf is rolled away right now in the storage pits under the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astros View Post
    They also said that bats will infest the stadium and eat the Astroturf.
    Can you imagine the kind of guano that would make?

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    All these pictures of the Astrodome bring back some memories, my first trip to the Astrodome was a Monster Truck race when I was a little kid(early 89 IIRC) then went to a Astros game later that year, Always thought the Dome was one of the greatest places to see Monster Trucks indoors, my eyesight was to bad to enjoy baseball live back then, I remember the players all looked like little white and orange blobs.

    Astros, you wouldnt happen to have any photos of early Monster Truck events(say 86-92) in the Dome would you?

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    A photo I found that was never posted here of The Astrodome in 1966
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    Quote Originally Posted by Milwaukee County Stadium View Post
    A photo I found that was never posted here of The Astrodome in 1966
    Note the real grass in the outfield, but the foul territory is Astroturf. They started the 1966 season with turf only on the infield and foul areas. The entire field was turfed by mid season.

    BTW- I LOVED that old scoreboard. There was nothing like it and if you never saw it in person you wouldn't really understand. Photos of it during a home run are good to look at, but watching it celebrate a home run in person was really something to see.

    The tapered Mezzanine level (orange seats) kind of reminds me of how they did it at the new Yankee Stadium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colt Cobra View Post
    All these pictures of the Astrodome bring back some memories, my first trip to the Astrodome was a Monster Truck race when I was a little kid(early 89 IIRC) then went to a Astros game later that year, Always thought the Dome was one of the greatest places to see Monster Trucks indoors, my eyesight was to bad to enjoy baseball live back then, I remember the players all looked like little white and orange blobs.

    Astros, you wouldnt happen to have any photos of early Monster Truck events(say 86-92) in the Dome would you?
    I have tons of old photos (many of which I took personally) but just need time to scan them. I think there are a few shots of the old "Auto Thrill and Stunt Shows" they used to have in there. I'll take a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astros View Post
    Note the real grass in the outfield, but the foul territory is Astroturf. They started the 1966 season with turf only on the infield and foul areas. The entire field was turfed by mid season.

    BTW- I LOVED that old scoreboard. There was nothing like it and if you never saw it in person you wouldn't really understand. Photos of it during a home run are good to look at, but watching it celebrate a home run in person was really something to see.

    The tapered Mezzanine level (orange seats) kind of reminds me of how they did it at the new Yankee Stadium.
    I guess the only way to see the scoreboard during a home run now is if you watch Bad News Bears in Breaking Training. I loved Tanner's reaction to the scoreboard.

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    Great configuration for baseball and football. You never see good sightlines and minimal sideline space in a multi-purpose, except here.

    Why was it so hard to hit in the Astrodome? Why did the ball not carry there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoso View Post
    Great configuration for baseball and football. You never see good sightlines and minimal sideline space in a multi-purpose, except here.

    Why was it so hard to hit in the Astrodome? Why did the ball not carry there?
    In the early days the corners were 340', 390' to the alleys and 406' to center. The right and left field areas were more difficult because you had to hit the ball up into the orange seats. The wall did not extend in front of the seating/concourse structure at that time. Since the game was indoors there was no wind blowing out. The Astrodome was the best stadium built for baseball and football. It started the trend but the followers were not as great. They encompassed the basic idea started in Houston but did not improve. Keep in mind though that the Dome was built for baseball as its main sport.

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    Old dead links restored above, great huge shots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milwaukee County Stadium View Post
    A photo I found that was never posted here of The Astrodome in 1966
    I love this photo for the pure 1960s essence of it -- the International pickup truck, and the groundskeepers in their astronaut helmets.

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