In 1966, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo made one of the most significant changes in its history — it moved from the cozy Sam Houston Coliseum to a place that seemed like a city in itself: the Astrodome. The first performance in the new Domed Stadium drew 25,340 spectators, and attendance for one performance even topped 40,000 — almost five times the number of people the Coliseum could hold.
Since that year, attendance in the Astrodome consistently toppled records. And in 1996, the Show celebrated its 30th anniversary in the Astrodome complex.
In addition to the Astrodome, two additional facilities were built to host this mammoth event — the Astrohall and the Astroarena. More than just a location for the Show, these buildings have had an immeasurable impact on this organization as well as the entire Houston community.
After building and paying for the Astrohall and Astroarena, the Show donated the facilities to the citizens of Harris County. These two buildings alone helped attract almost 30 million people to the various sporting events, trade shows, expositions and hundreds of other activities since the Astrohall was built in 1966.