The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston's Iconic Astrodome

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When it opened in 1965, the Houston Astrodome, nicknamed the Eighth Wonder of the World, captured the attention of an entire nation, bringing pride to the city and enhancing its reputation nationwide. It was a Texas-sized vision of the future, an unthinkable feat of engineering with premium luxury suites, theater-style seating, and the first animated scoreboard. Yet there were memorable problems such as outfielders' inability to see fly balls and failed attempts to grow natural grass--which ultimately led to the development of Astroturf. The Astrodome nonetheless changed the way people viewed sports, putting casual fans at the forefront of a user-experience approach that soon became the standard in all American sports.

The Eighth Wonder of the World tears back the facade and details the Astrodome's role in transforming Houston as a city while also chronicling the building's pivotal fifty years in existence and the ongoing debate about its preservation.

Author: Robert C. Trumpbour, Kenneth Womack
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 09/01/2016
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.24lbs
Size: 9.29h x 6.03w x 1.00d
ISBN13: 9780803255456
ISBN10: 0803255454
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Baseball | History
- History | United States | State & Local | Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
- Architecture | Buildings | Public, Commercial & Industrial

About the Author
Robert C. Trumpbour, an associate professor of communications at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, is the author of The New Cathedrals: Politics and Media in the History of Stadium Construction. Kenneth Womack, dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a professor of English at Monmouth University, is the author of several books, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles. Mickey Herskowitz was a sportswriter and columnist for the Houston Post and the Houston Chronicle. He has written over thirty books and was a writer for George W. Bush and numerous other public figures.