Houston has already secured major future events such as the 2016 NCAA Final Four. Add to this Houston's three stadiums all less than 10 years old with another on the horizon, some of the newest expansion teams in the NFL and MLS (Major League Soccer) and the 2005 MLB National League Champions. What more could a sports fan ask for?
Reliant Stadium opened August 24, 2002 on One Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. The Reliant Stadium box office boasts a seating capacity of 71,500 and was built for a total construction cost of $352 million. Reliant Stadium is currently the Home of the National Football League's Houston Texans, the Texas Bowl, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Reliant Stadium tickets have included many different USA National Soccer events, Super Bowl XXXVII, Wrestlemania XXV, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, MLS All-Star Game, and the Texas Bowl. Reliant Stadium has also hosted some famous performers like the Rolling Stones, Miley Cyrus, U2, Metallica, and more.
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The Houston Texans, the NFL's 32nd franchise, played their first game in Reliant Stadium on Sept. 8, 2002. The Texans become the first NFL team in 41 years to win their expansion debut, stunning the Dallas Cowboys 19-10 before 69,604 fans.
The Texans began the 2006 season with a new coach, native Houstonian Gary Kubiak, and 2006 No. 1 draft pick defensive end Mario Williams. Williams joins former quarterback David Carr as the team's second number-one overall player taken in the draft.
The Houston Aeros , Houston's American Hockey League team, play 80 games during the team's October through April season.
The two-time league champions are the affiliate team of National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild.
The Houston Astros led their city to National League Wild Card victories in 2004 and 2005 and continued on to the World Series after becoming 2005 National League Champions. A stellar lineup of ballplayers fills the stands at Minute Maid Park.
Minute Maid Park , completed in 2000, is the Houston Astros's downtown home. Minute Maid Park's retractable roof technology brought open-air baseball to Houston for the first time in 35 years, and the natural grass surface and classic architecture provided Minute Maid Park the atmosphere of the great ballparks of baseball's Golden age.
On October 17, 1960, Houston was awarded a franchise in the ten-team National League. The Houston Colt .45s played their first major league game on April 10, 1962, defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-2. In 1965, The Houston Colt .45s became the Houston Astros and inaugurated indoor baseball with a 2-1 exhibition win over the New York Yankees on April 9 in the Astrodome. The Astros played their first game at Minute Maid Park, then Enron Field, on March 30, 2000.
The Houston Dynamo is an American professional soccer club which competes in Major League Soccer, the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. Originally from San Jose, the Dynamo moved to Houston in December 2005 and played their first game at Robertson Stadium on April 1, 2006. In just their first and second seasons of play, they became Champions of the 2006 and 2007 MLS cup. The name “Dynamo” was chosen in reference to Houston's energy-based industrial economy.
The Dynamo compete at the new BBVA Compass Stadium on the edge of Downtown and near the Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park. The state-of-the-art, 22,000-seat stadium is the only soccer-specific MLS stadium in a U.S. city's downtown.
The Dynamo are led by 2005 MLS Coach of the Year, Dominic Kinnear and assisted by the 2006 MLS Cup MVP "the Hawaiian Superman" Brian Ching. The team is currently owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group in partnership with Brener International Group and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.
Houston Energy is one of 17 teams nationwide in The Women's Professional Football League (WPFL), the original and longest operating women's professional American football league in the United States. Houston Energy won the WPFL championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
ouston Motorsports Park is a state of the art NHRA 1/8-mile drag strip and ASA 3/8-mile asphalt speedway located in Northeast Houston. Conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Houston and only 15 minutes from Bush Intercontinental Airport, more than 4.5 million people are a short drive away from one of the finest racing facilities in the southern United States.
HMP is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Spectator capacity is 7,000 on the Speedway and 15,000 on the drag strip.
Every Friday is “Import Night” and is dedicated to providing young adults and teens a safe place to hang out, race and call their own. Every Sunday is open for testing and tuning and typically attracts the faster, more powerful drag cars.
On Friday and Sunday, ANYONE CAN RACE their vehicle on the drag strip. Friday general admission is $10 and ladies get in free. Sunday general admission is $10. The cost to race your vehicle is only an additional $10. All admission to the drag strip includes a pit pass.
Saturdays are reserved for special events on either the Speedway or Drag Strip. The drag strip is one of the fastest 1/8 mile drag strips in the country with speeds over 180 mph, big burnouts and huge wheelstands at almost every event and was voted NHRA Track Of the Year in 2005. The oval track speedway has side by side racing action with eight classes including ASA Pro Late Models and Modifieds roaring through the turns and screaming down the straightaways in a state of the art facility that draws comparisons to NASCAR's Martinsville Speedway. Lots of passing and crashing excitement.
Sure to bring memorable excitement and big smiles to children and adults alike.
Discount tickets to HMP special events are listed on Ticketmaster and are also sold at every O'Reilly Auto Parts store in the Houston area.
Located on 26 beautifully wooded acres in the heart of Houston, The Houston Polo Club has showcased the best in the sport of polo and spectacular special events since 1928.
More than 60 club players compete in weekly tournaments. Visiting international professional players increase the excitement of the sport with higher goal matches.
One of the Houston Polo Club's greatest accolades, recognizing its place in polo, came in 1998 when it was chosen as the new home for the United States Polo Association's Silver Cup, the oldest prize in the country.
Winners of back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, the Rockets continue to be top competitors in the Western Conference of the NBA.
The Houston Rockets were introduced to the NBA as the San Diego Rockets in 1967, the same year that the American Basketball Association launched itself as a rival league. Despite boasting the great Elvin Hayes through the early years, the Rockets never caught on in San Diego and moved to Houston after only four seasons. The franchise stumbled through its first five years in Houston before acquiring Moses Malone early in the 1976-77 campaign. Malone put the club on his hulking shoulders and carried the Rockets to respectability. Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon bore the big-man banner in the 1980s and into the 1990s, posting impressive seasons. Eventually Olajuwon would lead the Rockets to back-to-back championship banners in 1994 and 1995.
Today, the Houston Rockets compete at the state-of-the-art Toyota Center in downtown Houston.
January 2005 saw the rise in Houston of women's flat track roller derby. Run for the skaters by the skaters, Houston Roller Derby (HRD) was inspired by the nation-wide revival of roller derby as an athletic sport.
HRD has its bouts on: March 17, April 21, May 19, June 9, August 18, and September 15, in its new home in the heart of downtown at Bayou Place (formerly Verizon Wireless Theater).
Looking for some family-friendly wrestling action?
NWA Houston hosts monthly pro-wrestling events in Cypress. Owners Chris Ronquillo (aka Tony Brooklyn) and Chaz Taylor have established one of the hottest wrestling shows in the region. The group also conducts pro-wrestling classes.
NWA Houston, part of the National Wrestling Alliance, hosts shows on the second Friday of each month at VFW 8905 (21902 Highway 290, Cypress). Click here to see the schedule and get tickets.
A real race car, a real race track and you - what could be better? Racing Adventures offers individuals and corporations the opportunity to discover high performance/racecar driving through its all inclusive, exciting and informative programs.
Just south of Houston is where John Mecom Jr housed and developed three of the five Grandsport Corvette* Racecars in the sixties. Many famous cars and drivers drove through Mecom's stables. GrandSport Speedway was formerly a WWII Naval Air Station with a very rich and interesting history.
This is now Raceway Adventures' home track where all the race school cars and trucks are based. GrandSport has been constructed specially for them. It has the very best to offer in driver and racer training and other on track fun!
Sam Houston Race Park offers the spirit and elegance of thoroughbred and quarter horses with live and simulcast racing, offered 364 days a year.
Located in northwest Houston, the state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of dining and entertainment amenities, including the Winner's Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club, along with 22 luxury suites, ideal for entertaining. Watch from a 200,000-square-foot grandstand, a 30,000-square-foot pavilion or a luxury suite with trackside views. Admission to the race park starts at $6, per person, $4 for Senior Citizens and children 12 and under are free.
The Park also hosts several concerts and special events at The Showgrounds—an outdoor entertainment facility, set on the infield of the race track.