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Astrodome & Colt Stadium (AW-45, 61564-C)


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AW-45, 61564-C

Not only does this view show Houston's Astroworld Amusement park, it also shows the old Colt Stadium just behind the dome!!!

ASTRODOME: Houston Oilers (AFL / NFL) (1968-1997) Houston Astros (MLB) (1965-1999) Houston Cougars (NCAA) (1965-1997) Houston Gamblers (USFL) (1984-1985) Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (1966-2003) Houston Energy (WPFL) (2002-2006) Houston Texans (WFL) (1974) Houston Hurricane (NASL) (1978-1980) Bluebonnet Bowl (NCAA) (1968-1984, 1987) Houston Bowl (NCAA) (2000-2001) Final Four (NCAA) (1971)

Reliant Astrodome, also known as the Houston Astrodome or simply the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium, the first of its kind, located in Houston, Texas. The stadium is part of the Reliant Park complex. It opened in 1965 as Harris County Domed Stadium and was nicknamed the "Eighth Wonder of the World".

COLT STADIUM: Houston Colt .45s (MLB) (1962-1964)

Colt Stadium was a Major League baseball stadium that formerly stood in Houston, Texas. It was the home of the Houston Colt .45s. It was their temporary home from 1962-1964 while the Astrodome was being built, just to the south of it. The stadium consisted of an uncovered grandstand stretching from foul pole to foul pole and small bleacher stands in right and left field. One baseball annual published just before the 1962 season referred to it as "a barn-like thing". It is best remembered for the horribly hot and humid weather (and attendant mosquito population) that had necessitated building the first domed stadium.

The stadium was abandoned when the Astrodome was completed. The Astros would occasionally use it for running and exercising to acclimate players to warm weather before a road trip. However, the players had to be careful as rattlesnakes would often take up residence on the field. Monsanto engineers also used it as a testing ground for what would become known as Astroturf, inviting cars and horses to ride on the synthetic surface to gauge its durability. It sat abandoned for ten years, accumulating random odds and ends from near-by Astroworld and weathering in the blistering Texas sun. It was eventually broken down and moved to Gomez Palacio to serve as the home of a Mexican League baseball team. Its site was paved over, adding some area to the Astrodome parking lot.

Used (1975) 4" x 6" deckled continental size chrome

Dist. by Astroworld/Astrocard

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