The Houston Astrodome at 50

To mark the Houston Astrodome’s 50th birthday, the City of Houston opened the building to those interested in making the trek to South Houston to visit the relic. Over 20,000 people took them up on the offer. For myself, it was a semi-surreal experience standing in the expansive space of the worlds first indoor stadium in the 21st century.

Like most locals, I haven’t been in the building for a decade or more. I can fondly recall the echoes (literally) of concerts past including Pink Floyd and Micheal Jackson and family. My earliest memories of the 8th wonder are a rodeo (a big deal in Houston) my dad too me to in the mid 70’s with a feature appearance by Sonny and Cher. I remember Cher changed costumes a dozen or more times in a small tent right on the stage.

These memories are long before the building closed and became a storage facility for the flanking convention center and stadium.

I will be heading back to the formerly-named “Astordomain” compound next week to install interactive exhibits at the annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC 2015) at Reliant Center. Multimedia is my day job. Check back next week for more info on those.

As president of Tracy Evans Productions, Inc. for over 18 years Tracy splits his time between being an animator, director, producer, stage magician, graphic designer, art director, programmer, editor, consultant, speaker and writer of third-person autobiographical blurbs.

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