Houston is a richly diverse city for a melting pot of cultures, religions and lifestyles. Our uniqueness and differences are reflected throughout the sights and sounds of our great city. Scotland Yard Apartment Homes are perfectly situated in Houston to offer close proximity to local establishments such as fine dining and endless retail and entertainment sites, Scotland Yard blends beautiful living with convenience. Scotland Yard Apartments in Houston, Texas is only two blocks away from one of the most historic buildings in the United States; The Astrodome.
The Historical Astrodome
This structure helped put Houston, Texas on the map and was nicknamed “The Eighth Wonder of the World”, being the first domed and air conditioned sports stadium in the world. The Astrodome was a profoundly American invention that set the bar for arenas around the world.
Elvis, Evel Knievel, Muhammad Ali, and Billy Graham all performed to their faithful in this infamous Dome. In 1973, the world tuned into to watch the legendary Battle of Sexes tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. The Astrodome has been used for major-league baseball, professional and collegiate football, championship boxing, rodeos, collegiate basketball, special concerts and conventions. The Astrodome was the original prototype of numerous sports structures built since then. Ground was broken on the stadium on January 3, 1962, and construction on the stadium itself started in March of 1963, and was completed two years later in 1965.
The first event in the Astrodome was held on April 9, 1965, when the Houston Astros played the New York Yankees in exhibition baseball. The first football game was played in the Astrodome on September 11, 1965, when Tulsa University defeated the University of Houston by a score of 14–0. Professional football established itself in the Astrodome when the Houston Oilers began playing all of their home games there after a preseason exhibition game with the Washington Redskins on August 1, 1968. Seating capacity of the Astrodome for baseball is 52,000, for football about 62,000, and for some events, 66,000. The stadium has a clear span of 642 feet, an inside height of 208 feet, an air-filtering system of activated charcoal, and a man-made field cover called Astroturf.
Change is a Great Thing
In 1987 the dome underwent a $100 million renovation and seating was expanded by 10,000 seats. It was the home for both the Houston Astros and Houston Oilers until the Oilers moved to Tennessee after the 1996 season. The Astros played their last game in the Astrodome on October 9, 1999, after which they moved to the newly constructed Enron Field, a baseball-only facility, to begin the 2000 season. In June 2002, it was announced that the Astros had sold naming rights of the ballpark to locally based Coca-Cola subsidiary Minute Maid and officially changed the name of the park to Minute Maid Park.
In the spring of 2000, Houston celebrated the official groundbreaking of NRG Stadium (previously named Reliant Stadium). The 69,500-seat, state-of-the-art facility would become the National Football League’s first retractable-roof stadium. The Houston NFL is a co-tenant of the new stadium with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The Astrodome was once the third most popular man made attractions behind the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Rushmore. Now, no one knows the fate of this once national monument as it now stands empty and uncared for, but Houston leaders will continue to fight for its preservation.
Enjoy all Houston, Texas has to offer and then come home to Scotland Yard. We make relaxation a way of life. At Scotland Yard Apartments in Houston, Texas, ever resident experiences the highest quality customer service. Our one and two bedroom apartments feature comfortable home finishes and open floor plans. We also feature an exclusive pool area, a spacious fitness facility, and a newly renovated racquetball court. Our gated community, convenient to the 610 Loop, is also pet friendly.