The first time I saw the Astrodome was in 1986 as we drove by it and a relative pointed it out to me. Since then I had seen it hundreds of times but never been inside and probably thought I would never get the chance as it has been closed off to the public while it awaits its faith. As such, I was surprised to hear they were throwing a 50th birthday party for it and so I decided to brave the crowds and the very long line to go in.
Not much to say about the pictures except that I was in line for almost 2 hours and was lucky to capture the pictures with daylight still available to show off the light panels. These are the pictures I took while in line. At the end, it was almost like a wake to an old friend which had been ignored over the years. Kind of surreal.
Fun fact: The reason for the dark pizza looking slice you see on the Astrodome’s ceiling is that once they started playing games in the dome, the light glare coming from the Texas sun was too much and fly balls would get lost in the harsh light. It was then decided to paint the portion over the home base area. This reduction in light then led to the use of artificial turf as there was not enough light to grow natural grass anymore.