You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas? Well, turns out that's even true of birthday parties. More than 25,000 people showed up on Thursday, April 9 to celebrate the Astrodome's big 5-0. Happy birthday to the 8th Wonder!
People waited in line for hours (in a line that circled the Dome almost twice!) for a chance to go inside the Astrodome for the first time in years. Harris County officials and hosts Preservation Houston and the National Trust planned to open the building for an hour that evening during the party outside, but by 10:40 pm when the last person in line finally entered, we were all running on adrenaline spiked by an outpouring of love for the Dome.
Party-goers celebrated outside with a 3D Astrodome-shaped cake, Dome Dogs, and “Dome Faux'm,” local (Dome-inspired) brewery 8th Wonder’s take on the beer served to generations of sports fans. Many of the supporters who came out were decked out in Astros gear, both current and classic, and chants of “Luv Ya Blue” and “Cruuuuuuuuuz” could be heard throughout the crowd as former Astros and Oilers players were recognized among the masses.
On every enthusiastic face, from children entering the Dome for the first time in their lives to people who had been there on Opening Day in 1965, the message was loud and clear: This Place Matters!