Houston is one of the most iconic cities in the country. From the classic line “Houston, we have a problem” to the Houston Grand Opera House and the Historic District, there’s a lot to love about the city. But if you’re a Texans fan, there’s only one masterpiece in Houston, and that’s NRG Stadium. NRG Stadium is an open-air venue (with a retractable roof) that homes the Houston Texans, as well as local rodeos, concerts, soccer matches, and other exhibits. One of the most visually appealing and versatile stadiums in the NFL, NRG Stadium is the perfect place to spend a family or friend-filled Sunday during football season.
At A Glance:
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Who: NRG Stadium is home to the Houston Texans.
Where: NRG Stadium is located in Houston, Texas.
NRG Stadium is located within NRG Park. NRG Park is also the home of the NRG Astrodome, the NRG Center, the NRG Arena, and parking for all of these venues. The large selection of venues at NRG Park allows for a wide array of events to be held here, including sporting events, concerts, trade shows, meetings, and large conventions. NRG Energy (formerly Reliant Energy) purchased naming rights to the entire park for 32 years for $300 million.
NRG Stadium began construction on March 9, 2000 and officially opened on August 24, 2002. The Stadium cost $352 million to build. Seating capacity during football games is 71,795. NRG Stadium was designed to accommodate both NFL games and professional rodeos.
NRG Stadium is one of the most visually appealing and technologically advanced stadiums in the NFL. With 1,550 high-definition televisions, 4 HD-LED video boards, 4 HD video projection screens, a 360-degree TV display, and 2 end-zone scoreboards (including LED video boards) there is no such thing as a bad view. When the field gets dark, 65,000 LED lights light up the game. Perhaps the most notable feature of NRG Stadium is the fully retractable roof (the first in the NFL). The fabric roof can retract fully in just 7 minutes, making it easy to briefly pause games for inclement weather.
Concerts, soccer games, and other large events are frequently held at NRG Stadium (and NRG Park). Most notably, the Rolling Stones, Metallica, George Strait, Beyonce, and Guns N’ Roses have performed at the stadium.
- NRG Stadium was the first NFL stadium built with a retractable roof.
- The record attendance for NRG Stadium was set during a George Strait concert; 80,020 people attended the “Cowboy Rides Away” tour on March 17, 2013.
- Superbowls XXXVIII and LI were hosted at NRG Stadium.
- The Houston Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboys in their first regular season game at NRG Stadium by a score of 19-10.
- In September 2008, the stadium sustained damage from Hurricane Ike, which forced the Houston Texans’ home opening game to be postponed.
- The majority of concessions stands are staffed by volunteers from nonprofit organizations. A percentage of proceeds benefits these nonprofits.
The 196 luxury suites at NRG Stadium are located on the 200 and 400 levels. They can accommodate 14, 16, 18, 22, or 24 people, with room for four more people in standing room. Each luxury suite includes extra-wide, comfortable seats on an open-air private balcony. They also contain flat screen TVs, private restrooms (in some suites), private bars, in-suite attendants and catering, and a floor to ceiling retractable window. Suite owners get VIP parking on game days and full access to the 300 level club lounge. Party suites are decked out like luxury suites, but they can accommodate 45-150 people.
Food & Drinks:
NRG Stadium offers guests a huge variety of options so everyone’s appetite can be satisfied. Popular choices include Quiznos, Fuddruckers, Papa Johns, and Texas Smokehouse. Guests who want a more upscale experience can dine at the Cantina Bar, a private bar located in the South Field Level Concourse. You can also visit the Crown Royal Saloon, a seated bar that features music, occasional Texans Cheerleaders visits, and a live TV view of the game.
What To Do When You Visit:
Take a Tour: Tours of NRG Stadium are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Tour highlights include the press box, visiting team’s locker room, luxury and party suites, and a field view of the retractable roof and turf.
Attend a concert: Concerts are held throughout NRG Park, including NRG Stadium. Visit the concerts page to see what’s coming up.
Tailgate: Tailgating is allowed at NRG Stadium in approved areas.
- There’s an Uber drop-off location located in the southeast corner of the Brown parking lot.
- 26,283 parking spots are available in NRG Park lots, but they’re usually sold out to season ticket holders.
- Texans fans who wish to use mass transit can take the Metro, which drops passengers off close to NRG Park.
- From the north, take I-45 south to Hwy. 288 south. Take the 610 loop west to the South Main exit. Turn right on Fannin and then left on Naomi.
- From the south, take I-45 north to 610 west. Take the Fannin exit and turn right on Fannin. Turn left on Naomi, and then enter the main gate.
- From the east, take I-10 west to 610 south. Take the Fannin exit and turn right. Turn left on Naomi and enter the park.
- From the west, take I-10 east to 610 south. Take the Fannin exit and turn left, then turn left on Naomi.
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