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Enron Field (Minute Maid Park), 2000 OCEA
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Houston’s 42,000-seat major league ballpark and first retractable-roof stadium, initially called Enron Field, and later renamed Minute Maid Park in 2002, was the fastest and most economically built retractable roof stadium ever developed, thanks to the creativity of the engineering and construction team. Compelling features include a landmark signature retractable roof, a renovated historic train station within the ballpark, the largest sliding glass wall in the world atop the left field wall, and a working locomotive that reminds fans of Houston’s heritage.

 

The ingenious 6.5 acre roof structure utilizes a one-of-a-kind suspension wheel mechanism and computerized mechanization assembly with self-diagnostic abilities, allowing the operator to locate the exact wire, location, and circuit function in question with the click of a mouse.  Enron Field has enhanced fan interest and set off the ongoing renewal of downtown Houston.


Owner: 
Harris County - Houston Sports Authority
Engineer: 
Walter P. Moore (structural)
Architect: 
HOK Sport
Contractor: 
JV of Brown & Root/Barton Malow/Empire
Photo:Mike Russell

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