The Houston Astrodome, now also known as the Reliant Astrodome, was revolutionary and the first of its kind when it first opened in 1965. It was the world\’s first domed multi-purpose sports stadium. The Astrodome is located in Houston, Texas and took over 2 years to build. It was created as a place for both baseball and football teams to play as baseball games were often getting rained out. The idea was born in 1952 by Roy Hofheinz, who was the mayor of Houston at the time. He even had an apartment in the stadium, but it was removed in 1988 during a remodel. The stadium features a circular design as well as movable lower seating sections. It currently seats 54,816 during baseball games and 59,969 for football. One of the largest crowds ever gather in the Astrodome, 66,746 fans, were there on February 26, 1995 to see superstar Selena perform. However, the largest ever, 67,925 people, were there in 2001 for a WWE event. In 2002 a new stadium was built right next door to house the NFL team the Houston Texans. This move caused the Astrodome to be left without major tenants. It has now been given the nickname of the \”lonely landmark\” by locals.
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