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Last game at the Astrodome – 8th Wonder of the World

by Joseph Terrazas.

I HAD to take my kids to see the last game at the historic dome. As they were moving to a new Astrodome-Last-Game-Ticketretractable roof, Reliant Park. The Astros beat the Dodgers 3-0. The temperature was always around 73 degrees. And sound really carried well in there. I was too busy taking pictures to follow that game.

The 8th Wonder of the world. I’m from Kansas City but lived near Houston since 1982 and the dome was always one of my goals to see in my life as in 1965 I was a kid watching the pregame exhibition with  Mantle and Roger Maris trying to hit the 208 foot top of the dome (they couldn’t do it).

In the 1st game at the Astrodome as the Astros beat the Yankees 2-1. There was a lot of history in the place as it was the World’s 1st Multi-purpose stadium. But now it sits idol next to Reliant Stadium. The 1st Indoor stadium, Muhammad Ail fought Ernie Terrell in the (What’s My Name Astrodomefight) in 1967. Also known as the “House of Pain” when Jerry Glanville coached the Houston Oilers.

It had an almost 500′ animated scoreboard. I always took visiting friends on tours of the Astrodome, it was incredible for it’s time.

Thank You Joseph Terrazas.

Oh Yeah for having a dome it still had a Rainout. June 15, 1976  The Astros and Pirates, was called when flooding prevented the umpires and most fans from reaching the stadium. Both teams had arrived early for practice, but the umpires were several hours late. At 5pm that day, with only a handful of fans on-hand and already several hours behind, the umpires and teams agreed to call the game off. Tables were brought onto the field and both teams ate dinner together.

Other Astrodome Facts:

All Star Game: 1968 & ’86
Fifth no hitter by Nolan Ryan on September 26, 1981.
500th homerun by Willie Mays on September 13, 1965.
Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson broadcasts game from gondola, 208 ft. above second base on April 28, 1965.
Home of superstars Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio in the 1990s.

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