Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Architectural firms Lloyd & Morgan and Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson led the design team for what was termed an engineering marvel and "The Eighth Wonder of the World." The Astrodome is a domed circular concrete and steel framed building featuring a lamella truss roof, with a clear span of 642 feet. The roof consists of wood-fiber-concrete boards, steel framing, and 4,596 Lucite skylights. The original field was natural grass, replaced in 1966 with the first synthetic turf field, known as "Astroturf." The 'sky boxes' were the first-ever stadium luxury suites. The structure was built to withstand
Along with the Astros, the stadium was home to Houston Oilers and Houston Cougars football, Houston Rockets basketball, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Special sporting events included four Muhammad Ali boxing matches, the basketball "Game of the Century" in 1968 between University of Houston and UCLA, and the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis exhibition in 1973. Notable concerts, political conventions and gatherings also kept the Astrodome in the national consciousness. From 1965-2002, Astrodome turnstiles counted more than 100 million people.
Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18938.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Entertainment • Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is April 9, 1965.
Location. 29° 41.069′ N, 95° 24.55′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from NRG Parkway 0.3 miles east of Kirby Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the west side of the Astrodome, facing Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 NRG Parkway, Houston TX 77054, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holcombe House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pioneer Memorial Log House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rice University (approx. 2˝ miles away); City of West University Place (approx. 2.7 miles away); General Sam Houston (approx. 2.8 miles away); Southend Water Pumping Station (approx. 2.9 miles away); Teas Nursery Company (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Garden Club of Houston (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . . Astrodome - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on July 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.