This Day in History: April 9, 1965: – Astrodome Hosts First Professional US Baseball Game Played Indoors

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

It was a stadium that had the nickname “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” and it made history on this day in 1965.

Construction began on the Houston Astrodome in 1962, and the unique and futuristic (for the time) domed stadium was completed two years later.

Nearly 48,000 attended the Houston Astros opening day game against the New York Yankees on April 9, 1965. These included President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, along with the mayor of Houston among others.

This was the first professional baseball game in America to be played indoors. Mickey Mantle would hit the first home run of many to come in the stadium.

The stadium would go on to host not only the Astros for decades, but also the Oilers NFL football team, the Houston Cougars college football team, and WWE Wrestlemania X-Seven.

By the 2000s, however, the Astrodome had no major tenants. Houston's bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics would have included renovations to the stadium, but that bid was not victorious.

As of now, the stadium is still partially standing, but some of it has been demolished, including some ramp towers.

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