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.
About NRG Park
NRG Park is located in the southwest part of Houston, between Kirby and Fannin, bordered on the south side by South Loop 610. Situated on more than 300 acres, NRG Park is conveniently located near fine hotels, restaurants, shopping and major airports. It is home to world-class sporting, convention and exhibition venues, including NRG Arena, NRG Astrodome, NRG Center and NRG Stadium.
NRG Park is conveniently connected to Houston's METRORail system. NRG Park is the south end of the rail, connecting the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston.
- Approximately 2.1 million total square feet of exhibit space
- 350,000 square feet in NRG Arena
- 706,213 square feet in NRG Center
- 97,200 square feet in NRG Stadium
- 700,000 square feet in utility-prepared outdoor exhibit area
- 104,800 square feet in meeting rooms
- Approximately 140,000 seats in NRG Park
- 8,000 seats in NRG Arena
- 2,000 seats in NRG Arena Pavilion
- 70,000 seats in NRG Stadium