Houston loves its football. The Texans have only been in town since 2002, but if you’ve ever spent time in Houston, you’ll know that every other car has a Texans bumper sticker, Texan flags fly high outside homes, and sports bars are packed with fans each Sunday. The Texans have quickly become the most iconic part of Houston’s sports identity. Taking in a home game at a packed NRG Stadium is an experience that should be high on your bucket list if it isn’t already.
Making An Entrance
Make sure you don’t miss the Texan’s opening ceremony at the beginning of the game! The ceremony introduces the players and the starting lineup. Fans get on their feet and flame throwers shoot fire into the air, flags are waving as the team runs onto the field and the fans are all chanting together. Game highlights are also displayed on the largest digital display in any professional sports venue, creating a larger-than-life experience that you’ll have to see to believe.
Food Inside and Outside The Stadium
it is impossible to make it through a Texans game without giving into the countless local dishes and game favorites that are offered around the stadium because football and food go together perfectly. NRG Stadiums serves up everything from traditional game favorites like hamburgers and nachos to chef-acclaimed cuisine.
NRG is also conveniently located just outside the eclectic museum district in Houston as well as Rice Village! So if stadium food isn’t your thing, there are ways to celebrate pre and post-game. Fans can drive or take the METRORail right up the road to critically acclaimed restaurants like Local Foods, Prego Italian Cuisine, or Helen Greek Food & Wine.
the pre-game tailgating experience is undoubtedly the most iconic part of any football game. So, what’s the best way to prepare for a Texan’s game? That’s right-tailgating. Get together with your fellow friends, family, and fans with great food and great beer, all decked out in Texan’s colors. So, if you’re planning on hosting your own tailgate or trying to attend another organized party, there are many of pre-game options. If you set up your own tailgate, remember it is limited to one 8’x 16’ parking space for each valid parking hangtag and good parking spaces go fast. Another option is buying passes to a prearranged tailgate party like the Houston Texans Liberty Tailgaters or Battlerwagon Crew. The tailgaters offer things like beer on tap, burgers and hot dogs, BBQ, margaritas, beer pong, and TV’s to watch other NFL games.