NRG Stadium parking will serve up some wild stuff: football and rodeo.
The football part's only gotten interesting lately. The Oilers ditched Houston in 1996 for a seemingly apathetic football fan base, a new franchise called the Texans gave football groupies a second chance at a hometown team. Like most expansion teams, it took awhile for the Texans to acclimate to the rough-and-tumble NFL. The team averaged under five wins its first five seasons.
In 2007 Houston went 8-8, then went 8-8 again in 2008. Then, in its 10th season of existence, the squad booked its first trip to the postseason, putting Texans playoff parking in the game. In 2012 the Texans won a franchise-best 12 games. Now an established playoff team, the Texans will need to do more than just qualify these days to satisfy its growing following.
The Texans haven't been the only show in town. Once the shiny new NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium) was complete in the early 2000s, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo took its act from the Astrodome into this venue. Last year over two million people converged for rodeo parking and the show, which is always headlined by A-list artists, typically of the country genre. Big names of exhibitions of the past include Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and Pitbull.
The Texas Bowl is an annual college football game that takes place at NRG Stadium in the last week of December. The event replaces the Houston Bowl, which lasted from 2000 to 2005. The first Texas Bowl happened in 2006, and has been previously known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl and is currently sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors.
Both football and rodeo have been selling out this young venue, which struts a see-through retractable roof to maintain some outdoor feel while blocking off that horrid Houston humidity. You won't find a retractable roof to cover your NRG Stadium parking experience, but ParkWhiz can at least help you choose a garage or an open-air lot ahead of time. Texans seem to like football and rodeo, so booking a parking destination ahead of time can help you navigate the masses.