This was the origins of what we now know as the Astrodome. I assume this photograph was taken just over 50 years ago, when ground on the domed stadium was broken on January 3, 1962.

Before you roll your eyes and assume that the gentlemen firing hand guns into the earth are nothing but country rick bags, it’s worth noting that the idea for building the very first multi-purpose domed sports stadium came to Mr. Roy Hofheinz while he was on a tour of Rome. There he learned that the builders of the ancient Colosseum installed giant velaria to shield spectators from the Roman sun. After all, watching gladiators murder each other would be uncivilized without a properly constructed awning.

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  1. From Wikipedia:

    “The Astros were established as the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. They changed to their current name three years later, when they moved into the Astrodome, the world’s first domed sports stadium.”

    I don’t know anything about guns but I’d assume those would have to be Cots 45s they are firing.

    • Hard to say…don’t forget they changed the team name due to a dispute with the Colt’s Manufacturing Company over the absence of licensing dollars for the use of the Colt’s name and likeness.

  2. The guy with the white cowboy hat is really into it. Not one, but two guns and what appears to be a holster, over his suit!

  3. that is an awesome pic. I wonder if any of them shot their foot. If they had a similar ground breaking ceremony for Giants Stadium the odds are good they would have struck a few bodies.

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