Astrodome Celebrates 50th AnniversaryPosted: April 9, 2015
HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Howard Chen reports: The Astrodome still holds a special place in the hearts of Houston sports fans. Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the first game ever played there.
“In ’97, seeing that place go crazy, in ’98, seeing that place go crazy, in ’99, we had 50-something-thousand people there, with the additions that they made for the football stadium, it doesn’t get any bigger than that for a baseball field.”
— Newly-elected Hall of Famer Craig Biggio
It was an exhibition contest on April 9, 1965 in which the Astros beat the Yankees 2-1 in 12 innings.
More recently, the Astrodome was home to the Astros during three years making the playoffs from 1997-1999. Newly-elected Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was a stalwart on those teams and played over a decade in the building known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
“In ’97, seeing that place go crazy, in ’98, seeing that place go crazy, in ’99, we had 50-something-thousand people there, with the additions that they made for the football stadium, it doesn’t get any bigger than that for a baseball field,” Biggio said. “But to see it from all the different years, you just kind of think about what the Astrodome has seen over the years – how many no-hitters with Mike Scott and Nolan (Ryan). The history with Bob Knepper and all the old guys to where we picked off at the end, winning, and the playoffs three years in a row.”
Biggio also shared his thoughts on the future of the Astrodome…(read more)
- Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio share Astrodome memories (chron.com)
- Astrodome At 50: Celebrating Houston History (click2houston.com)
- Houston’s Astrodome turns 50 (cnn.com)
- Plan To Save Astrodome Tops $240 Million (hereandnow.wbur.org)
- At 50, Houston Astrodome remains building in limbo (abc13.com)
- Astrodome Remains Building In Limbo (dfw.cbslocal.com)
- At 50, Houston Astrodome Remains Building in Limbo (kbtx.com)
- Rice political science expert available to discuss Astrodome’s 50th (news.rice.edu)