HOUSTON (Astrodome)

  • GAME DAYS:  November 19, 1972 vs. Green Bay (lost 23-10), August 23, 1986 vs. New Orleans (preseason), December 23, 1989 vs. Cleveland (lost 24-20), December 31, 1989 vs. Pittsburg (lost 26-23).  Others as well that I don't remember or have ticket stubs for.
  • CAPACITY: 62,439
  • THE TRIP:  Being a native Houstonian, I've gone to a few (6-8?) Oilers games before they left town and turned into the Tennessee Traitors ..... errr ..... Titans.
  • IMPRESSIONS:  Like many Houston Oilers (and Astros) fans, I had a love-hate relationship with my home stadium.  The Astrodome was an ugly, smoke-filled, astroturfed nuisance but our teams played there, so we lived with it.  Mostly the Oilers lost (every game I ever attended!) but they had a few exciting years.
  • WE LOVED:   The scoreboard with ancient graphics that lit up whenver the Oilers scored.  The Houston Oilers Fight Song.  A surprising number of Hall of Famers including Elvin Bethea (DE 1968-1983), Earl Campbell (RB 1978-1984), Dave Casper (TE 1980-1983), Bruce Matthews (G 1983-1996), Warren Moon (QB 1984-1993), Mike Munchak (G 1982-1993) and brilliant stars like Kenny Burroughs, Eddie George and Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.  Luv Ya Blue!