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The Astrodome

Location 8400 Kirby Drive Houston, Texas 77054

Broke ground January 3, 1962

Opened April 12, 1965

Closed

December 21, 1996 (Oilers)

October 9, 1999 (Astros)

Demolished No

Owner Harris County

Operator Astrodome USA

Surface Tifway Bermuda Grass (1965)

AstroTurf (1966-)

Construction cost $35M; $60M (1989 renovation)

Architect Hermon Lloyd & W.B. Morgan and

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson

 

Former names

Harris County Domed Stadium

 

Tenants

Houston Oilers (NFL, 1968–1997)

Houston Astros (MLB,1965-1999)

Houston Gamblers (USFL, 1984-1985)

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (1966-2003)

Hurricane Katrina Survivors (8/31/2005-9/17/2005)

Seating capacity

62,439 (Football)

42,217 (Baseball, 1965); 54,816 (Baseball, 1990)

 

Dimensions

Apex of Dome: 208 ft.

1965

Left Field - 340 ft

Left-Center - 375 ft

Center Field - 406 ft

Right-Center - 375 ft

Right Field - 340 ft

Backstop - 60.5 ft

 

1977:

Left Field - 340 ft

Left-Center - 390 ft

Center Field - 406 ft

Right-Center - 390 ft

Right Field - 340 ft

Backstop - 60.5 ft

 

1994:

Left Field - 325 ft

Left-Center - 375 ft

Center Field - 400 ft

Right-Center - 375 ft

Right Field - 325 ft

Backstop - 52 ft

 

FIRSTS at ASTRODOME

Game:  04/12/1965 Phillies 2, Astros 0

Umpires Al Barlick, Augie Donatelli, Stan Landes, Mel Steiner

Managers Lum Harris, Astros; Gene Mauch, Phillies

Starting Pitchers Bob Bruce, Astros; Chris Short, Phillies

Ceremonial Pitch 23 Mercury astronauts

Attendance 42,652

Batting

Batter Tony Taylor (double)

Hit Tony Taylor (double)

Run Ruben Amaro

RBI Dick Allen

Single Ruben Amaro

Double Tony Taylor

Triple Walt Bond (04/28/1965)

Home Run Dick Allen

Grand Slam Bob Aspromonte (08/26/1966)

IPHR Jim Ray Hart (05/23/1965)

Stolen Base Jimmy Wynn (04/23/1965)

Sacrifice Hit Chris Short

Sacrifice Fly Joe Gaines (04/23/1965)

Cycle Dave Kingman (04/16/1972)

 

Pitching

Win Chris Short

Loss Bob Bruce

Shutout Chris Short

Save Claude Raymond (04/28/1965)

Hit by Pitch Al McBean hit Ron Brand

(04/23/1965)

Wild Pitch Wilbur Wood (04/23/1965)

Balk Larry Dierker (06/15/1965)

No-Hitter Don Wilson (06/18/1967)

Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent

Courtesy of Retrosheet.

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