I was on a trip with my family through the South of Texas. We usually visited my uncle and the weather would be so hot averaging 100 degrees with humidity. I spent all my time in air conditioned houses, and they would smell because the filters and flow of air would be stale. People would smoke and the smells would mix with the stale air and make me wish that I could go outside. People had whatever type of air conditioning machine they could afford. When driving around in cars with the windows up tight it was the same experience and the cold air chilled the dash boards and the vents would feel cold to the touch.
We saw the parking lot before we saw the stadium. It was a big dome to my eyes, but it didn't have any distinguishing or unique qualities to its appearance. We watched a game between the Houston Astros, who were named after the NASA space center in Houston. As I was growing up we would stop at space centers in Houston, Florida, and a tracking station in Mexico. I thought that there would always be space travel and that there would always be missions to the moon and people exploring there.
We pulled into the huge parking lot which encircled the stadium because it wasn't near anything. The parking lot was hot as the sun reflected off the black asphault and waves of heat made cars in the distance seem rubbery and moving.
Inside the stadium the air was 72 and still. The Astros were playing the Philidelphia Philies and I was given a free patch as I walked in the door. The ceiling let the light in and there were large lights lighting the field as well. The distance between the walls was immense and the players were tiny along with a tiny ball. When someone hit the ball the sound carried and made the emptiness of the stadium stand out. There were not that many people there as the Astros were not a very good team and the baseball surface was made of astroturf and was fake grass. It looked like the lines were painted on the surface and the ball seemed to bounce higher than a real grass lawn because the surface was hard. At some point of the game someone hit a home run and the score board flashed and lit up. The game ended and we went home. It was my first time in an indoor stadium.
I decided that watching indoors baseball was interesting but I'm not sure if I would want to always watch my games this way. Just like many of the places and rooms I was in I always wanted some feeling of fresh air but going outside wasn't anymore comfortable than being indoors. I was glad I didn't grow up in Texas.
I'm sure someone thought it would be cool to build an indoor stadium and make it modern and make people feel like it didn't matter where they were or what time it is. I don't think they realized that people don't necessarily enjoy being in a place where everything is fake, especially when they come to an event just so they can enjoy the real weather, the real sight of grass and the real feeling of wind against their cheeks. I like feeling that I'm in some place where I can smell the outdoors and feel the sunlight on my face. If the weather at a baseball game is cold than I enjoy the wind blowing over me and I wear a coat. And if the weather is hot than I wear a t-shirt and drink cold coke, eat peanuts and enjoy the big green patch of grass.
Image sources: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsapp/BT/DOMES/HOUSTON/astro13.jpg