Built in 1965, the Astrodome was the first domed stadium ever to be built, and, due to the lack of sunlight inside, was one of the first stadiums to use artificial grass – “Astro Turf.”
It was home to the Oilers, who moved to Tennessee in 1996; the Astros, who moved to Enron Field in 1999; and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which moved to Reliant Stadium in 2003.
In its heyday, it was nicknamed the Eighth Wonder of the World. Most recently, it became temporary shelter for displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Knowing Houston’s historic preservation efforts – or lack thereof – you might want to enjoy the Dome while you can. It has a lot of history, but no real function, and that’s always bad news for an old building in Houston.over 6 years ago