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Thread: Astrodome / Harris County Domed Stadium

  1. #121
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    The Astrodome was far too small for a Super Bowl - maybe 55,000 with extra seats. By the time it got the Oilers expansion in center field, it was probably too late. The NFL won't go anyplace less than 72,000 - even the Superdome is on the smallish side. That's why Houston's first Super Bowl went to Rice Stadium - which was a fiasco, because the practice areas were run down, complete with birds in the shower - and it didn't come back until Reliant was built.
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  2. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by Mario Mendoza...HOF Lock View Post
    Leaving the dome. Was everybody all dressed up for a baseball game?
    Could this picture have been taken outside the previously-mentioned Billy Graham Crusade in 1965? There seem to be more older couples and fewer young people than you'd find at a baseball game.

  3. #123
    Quote Originally Posted by DrBear View Post
    The Astrodome was far too small for a Super Bowl - maybe 55,000 with extra seats. By the time it got the Oilers expansion in center field, it was probably too late. The NFL won't go anyplace less than 72,000 - even the Superdome is on the smallish side. That's why Houston's first Super Bowl went to Rice Stadium - which was a fiasco, because the practice areas were run down, complete with birds in the shower - and it didn't come back until Reliant was built.
    Didn't the Metrodome have 63,000 for the Super Bowl if I remeber correctly and they could have put in temporary bleachers to raise the capacity, which I head were used for Super Bowl 22.

  4. #124
    Quote Originally Posted by SJLT252 View Post
    Didn't the Metrodome have 63,000 for the Super Bowl if I remeber correctly and they could have put in temporary bleachers to raise the capacity, which I head were used for Super Bowl 22.
    It was SB26. Not sure where they would have put portable bleachers in the Metrodome.

  5. #125
    I was reading that for SB26 the Metrodome is considering replacing its seats with bleacher seating just for that game, just like was done at Jack Murphy Stadium for Super Bowl 22.

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    working on the dome panels with colts stadium in bgd...
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    catcher's view...
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    that goofy scoreboard...
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    "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" - white heat
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    gondola...
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    from 1st game...
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    Great shots!
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  13. #133
    Another rare find by Paul. I never knew that bird's nest existed, let alone what the view must have been like.

  14. #134
    Mike Schmidt's long single:
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    Another rare find by Paul. I never knew that bird's nest existed, let alone what the view must have been like.
    If I remember correctly, Lindsey Nelson did one (or at least part of one) of his broadcasts from that bird's nest.

  16. #136
    Quote Originally Posted by kpennington View Post
    If I remember correctly, Lindsey Nelson did one (or at least part of one) of his broadcasts from that bird's nest.
    That's correct. Post #8 on this thread has a picture of him broadcasting from the gondola.

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    Great! I can remember things that happened 45 years ago, but cant remember looking at a picture a few months ago!!!! Yeesh.

  18. #138
    Quote Originally Posted by kpennington View Post
    If I remember correctly, Lindsey Nelson did one (or at least part of one) of his broadcasts from that bird's nest.
    ...and here he is up there! yikes!

    the lights were mainly used for boxing matches...
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    layin' down the car-pet...
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    From Drive-In Mike/Flickr, some cool Astrodome pics from this 1965 program...






    Captain Cabin's suite


    Spanish Provano suite


    List of all the themed boxes

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