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  • #31
    The huge difference in the Astrodome's roof in comparison to the other domes was the fact that it was designed to let light in. The Superdome, built with the exact lamella frame is covered solid, the Kingdome was solid concrete, the Metrodome is solid fabric and so forth.

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    • #32
      I was always curious about this--what was the reason they removed the big gondola that used to be suspended from the Astrodome ceiling? By the time I attended my first and only game there in 1984, it was gone. Did it ever actually serve any useful purpose (besides serving as broadcast perch for Lindsey Nelson)?

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      • #33
        Originally posted by HollandsComet View Post
        I was always curious about this--what was the reason they removed the big gondola that used to be suspended from the Astrodome ceiling? By the time I attended my first and only game there in 1984, it was gone. Did it ever actually serve any useful purpose (besides serving as broadcast perch for Lindsey Nelson)?
        It was pretty much gone by 1981. By this time that gondola had been in place for about 15-16 years. It had been used numerous times and there were upgrades that were made to the sound system in the 80s. There was a smaller gondola that remained and to this day there is a pentagonal gondola with some speakers on it that it suspended from the center of the dome. The original gondola was used to provide a sound system and lighting for boxing matches, basketball games and various floor stages. It could raise and lower just like an elevator. In the early days they sent photographers up there to take the world's first "bomb sight" photos of a baseball field. That was kind of funny. For those who do not know about the gondola here are some photos.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by HollandsComet View Post
          I was always curious about this--what was the reason they removed the big gondola that used to be suspended from the Astrodome ceiling? By the time I attended my first and only game there in 1984, it was gone. Did it ever actually serve any useful purpose (besides serving as broadcast perch for Lindsey Nelson)?
          Just another follow-up side note on this...

          That gondola did get removed after a study was conducted about 1980 and they felt it might be too heavy on a long term basis to keep it up there. It had already been hanging there for 15 years. There were no signs of any structure problems in the roof at all. It was done at a time when they were going to begin a number of renovation projects in the stadium.

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          • #35
            Astrodome Tours

            Very cool thread. I would also like to know if they do tours there.
            Jimmy Dugan: Because there's no crying in baseball. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! No crying! (Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own" (1992)

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            • #36
              They do tours of the Reliant Park complex (formerly Astrodomain) but I do not think it includes the Dome. I remember making my parents take me on a tour when I was little so I could see that huge scoreboard blast off.

              You can still walk the perimeter of the outside and see the dedication plaque at the west gate entrance.
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              • #37
                Why don't they do tours, all they use it for is livestock and rodeos right?
                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.

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                • #38
                  The Astrodome mainly houses offices for the Houston Sports and Convention Corporation and Aramark. They are located in the old Astros/Astrodome USA offices. They do not run the stadium air-conditioning like they used to (as it does cost $$$) and I don't think tours would support the cost. They air-condition the office areas only. The large three-turbine air-conditioner located on the east end of the stadium was designed to last 40 years and the Astrodome is 43 as of April 9th (the day it opened). It still runs well but had the Astros stayed it would've needed upgrading or replacement.

                  The rodeo takes place in Reliant Stadium which sits directly west of the Dome. It has been there since 2003. They use the Astrodome as the "Hideout" which is bascially a huge bar. They put a stage in centerfield, line the floor with some tables and sell beer and drinks. Many people go there as an after-party once the main rodeo performance/concert is done.

                  Check out this flickr photo stream. The guy who took them did a good job of showing the interior as it is now.

                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlsnp/2...7604089348954/
                  Last edited by Astros; 04-18-2008, 07:40 AM.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Astros View Post
                    Check out this flickr photo stream. The guy who took them did a good job of showing the interior as it is now.
                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mlsnp/2...7604089348954/
                    Interesting shots, thanks for the link.

                    I have a question about the cieling. I know the cieling tiles were painted back in the 60's and astroturf installed, but in these pictures it looks like light is again shining through.

                    In this photo, from the linked site, it looks like a section is still painted.

                    Can you explain what the deal is with the roof ?
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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by whoisonit View Post
                      Interesting shots, thanks for the link.

                      I have a question about the cieling. I know the cieling tiles were painted back in the 60's and astroturf installed, but in these pictures it looks like light is again shining through.

                      In this photo, from the linked site, it looks like a section is still painted.

                      Can you explain what the deal is with the roof ?
                      Great question. I think because people are used to seeing the Kingdome and Metrodome for baseball, they tend to forget that the Astrodome's roof was designed to let light in. The entire roof is still painted today. That is still the amount of light that comes in. The panels you see that are painted completely are the ones that were located behind home plate. They placed more coats of paint there than on the other ones. It was done like this to create a darker background for outfielders to see the baseball better.

                      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.
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                      • #41
                        man i miss the dome!

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                        • #42
                          I'm impressed with the pictures you all find and post on this site.

                          Pretty cool stuff.

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                          • #43
                            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












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                            • #44
                              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.

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                              • #45
                                That basketball pic is amazing. what and odd set-up. Imagine the long walk to the bench from the lockeroom...

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