The Dallas Sportatorium / The Million Dollar Sportatorium / The Global Dome
1953 - 2003
When you visit The World Famous wrestling arena, you can’t help but to think about the days gone by. “If only one of the pews in the front row could talk!” I’ve heard that one a thousand times. "
"Local television Channel-4 was on hand to broadcast live one of the most exciting events in Dallas pro wrestling history. I searched in vain for the card that night, but was unsuccessful. At one time Channel-4 used to broadcast live from the south side of the building, and Channel-8 televised live from the north side, AT THE SAME TIME!"
"Bill Hines swore to me that as far as he knew, he built the first cage ever to be used in a wrestling match, in 1962. “It was made out of two by fours with chicken wire around the sides, and barbed wire on top. It was for a match between NWA World Champion, “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers and Duke Keomuka. Fritz Von Erich and Duke sold the Sportatorium out for a solid year, during that same time.”
"Allow me to steal a line that Bret Hart used when talking about Madsion Square Gardens. "It may not be a church, but it is certainly holy ground."
Shortly before it was demolished the guys filming the documentary "Heroes of World Class Championship Wrestling" were given a tour by Kevin Von Erich. While heart wrenching, it also gives a great idea as to how simple this facility really was. I encourage you all to check it out:
All those years ago, as a kid, I had no idea I was watching history. I just knew I liked what I saw. What I wouldn't give today to buy a ticket and have a seat in the historic octagon with some of the most passionate fans our sport has ever seen. What I wouldn't give to sweat it out on a hot summer evening and watch The Von Erich's fight The Freebirds or Paul Bearer before he was famous or Mike Davis find a Moon Rock! RIP Sportatorium, I wish I had known thee.