Astrodome to be honored with ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ documentary
On Tuesday, December 15, a special documentary presentation paying tribute to the Astrodome will air on MLB Network.
Titled ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’, the doc is narrated by actor/Houston resident Dennis Quaid and will put the Astrodome in proper historical context.
The Astrodome, of course, was the Houston Astros’ home from 1965-1999, prior to the ‘Stros moving into Minute Maid Park.
Here’s more insight about the doc, as laid out by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:
It hasn’t fully been demolished just yet, and part of the film touches on efforts to prevent its destruction – featuring Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discussing what it’d take to save it from total demolition.
Featuring interviews with President George H. W. Bush, Houston native and award-winning news anchor Dan Rather, baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King and original Astros Jimmy Wynn and Larry Dierker, the program documents the history of the Astrodome, from Judge Roy Hofheinz generating the idea of this futuristic stadium to the Astros' dramatic six-game 1986 National League Championship series against the New York Mets.
No matter its fate, the Astrodome was a crucial facility that lasted decades and this documentary film ought to do justice to a relic that may not be functional anymore but is still a vibrant part of Houston – and American – history.