Special Sub-Topic: MLB Domed Stadiums
|What was the first domed stadium in Major League Baseball?|
Astrodome. Not only was the Houston Astrodome the first domed stadium in MLB, but it was the first to use artificial turf. Hence the name 'Astroturf'. The original grass field could not withstand the indoor conditions.
|This Dome was once known as the Sunkist Dome.|
Tropicana Field. The people of Tampa St Pete built this venue in order to attract a major league club to the area. Little did they know that MLB was going retro....
|Which was the first retractable dome in MLB?|
Olympic Stadium. Although the SkyDome in Toronto is usually thought of as the first retractable dome in MLB, it was not. In 1988, Montreal's Olympic Stadium became the first retractable domed stadium in the world, when its kevlar roof was lifted into the stadium's tower for a select number of games. The same thing was done in 1989 and 1990. Due to structural problems and constant rips, following the 1991 season the roof was left closed from then on. It was replaced in 1998 with a fixed roof.
|What was the first domed stadium in the American League?|
Kingdome. In 1977, Seattle's Kingdome became the first domed stadium in the American League.
|How many domes, retractable or fixed, presently (2001 season) exist in Major League Baseball?|
8. Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Houston and Milwaukee.
|This city opened a new retractable dome in 2001.|
Milwaukee. Miller Park was supposed to open in 2000, but had been delayed due to a deadly construction accident at the site in 1999.
|This dome hosted the All-Star Game in 1991.|
SkyDome. The roof was open during the game.
|Which dome has been known for its habit of leaking during rainstorms?|
Olympic Stadium. Had been a major problem for years, but has now been pretty much taken care of.
|Air pressure keeps the following dome in place.|
Metrodome. The Metrodome's roof is held up using air pressure.
|This was the second retractable dome built for Major League Baseball.|
Skydome. The Skydome was the home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
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