HOUSTON – Famed rapper Travis Scott revived a long-retired Texas staple on Saturday, drawing thousands to the reimagined Astroworld theme park, which was the namesake of his latest album.
Scott, who is from the Houston area, recreated the Astroworld theme park for his Astroworld Festival at NRG Stadium. The original Astroworld closed its doors more than a decade ago.
Benjamin Rosales talked to KSAT 12's sister station in Houston, KPRC 2, saying he sold the rapper some of the theme park’s original signs, helping perfect the feeling of nostalgia.
Before Scott's Astroworld Festival, the signs sat in a Houston warehouse untouched for several years.
THANK YOU HOUSTON !!! YEAR ONE OF ASTROWORLD FESTIVAL WAS LEGENDARY !!!!— ASTROWORLD FEST (@astroworldfest) November 18, 2018
📸 JULIAN BAJSEL pic.twitter.com/451EjM3sTl
“This brings historic value to this show," Rosales told KPRC 2. "Astroworld was one of the greatest theme parks ever. Thanks to Travis Scott for putting it back out there on the map."
While Ferris wheels, carnival rides and acrobats were scattered throughout the transformed NRG Stadium, the new Astroworld experience included performances from Lil Wayne, Post Malone and Scott himself.
Many raved on social media about the experience, with some calling it "legendary."
This is one of the most legendary feats I've seen a artist accomplish. @trvisXX has grown so much. I remember when he wanted to drop Rodeo with the action figures with a usb. Now he's bringing back Astroworld for the city of Houston. Mark this for the record books pic.twitter.com/B9td9lfHfP— La Flame 🤮🎢🚀 (@LaFlamepolls) November 18, 2018
ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’ GOT ME STARGAZING 💫 pic.twitter.com/f0C9mXtqCn— ASTROWORLD FEST (@astroworldfest) November 17, 2018