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How Houston Became A Mecca For Air Hockey

Houston Matters learns about the role the city played in launching the sport of competitive air hockey.

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We all know Houston is Space City, the energy capital, and — of course — it's a mecca for air hockey.

Wait — what now?

It turns out competitive air hockey got its start at the University of Houston in the 1970s. The city has hosted the world championship tournament numerous times, including just a few weeks ago (Dec. 3, 2016).

And many of the world's top players have come out of Greater Houston.

To learn more about what's different about serious, competitive air hockey — and about the role Houston has played in it — Michael Hagerty went where it all began.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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