Houston Astros Pennant
Team pennant highlights Astrodome
When Houston Judge Roy Hofheinz bought the Houston Colt .45s baseball team in the early 1960s, he changed the team's name to the Houston Astros to honor the recent arrival of NASA's huge manned spacecraft center. Houston's new sports stadium, the Astrodome, took its name from the team and served as home field for the Houston Astros from 1965 to 1999.
The Astrodome was the world’s first domed indoor sporting venue when it opened in 1965. Twice as large as any single human-made enclosure ever built at the time, the “Dome” combined the grandness of Texas with the growing aerospace program at nearby NASA.
After construction of Minute Maid Park (2000) and NRG Reliant Stadium (2002), the Astrodome sat empty. In February 2018, Harris County Commissioners approved $105 million to renovate it as a space for conferences, festivals, and commercial uses.
Courtesy Christopher Daigle, Houston
Time Period: 1971 - Present
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