|7,000 (Buesiness seats)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Other names||Reliant Stadium (2002-2014)|
|Construction||09/03/2000 - 08/2002|
|Contractor||Manhattan Construction Company / Skanska|
|Address||One Reliant Park, Houston, Texas 77054|
Description: NRG Stadium
When Populous (back then HOK Sport) were approached in 1997 with the task to design a retractble roof stadium in Houston, no venue in the NFL had this kind of structure. No wonder the massive trusses supporting rails on which the roof slides became a breakthrough. Each 206-meter long hold the roof at all times, above end stands when open and above pitch after closing, which takes only 7 minutes.
Construction work on the venue with 166 skyboxes and 7,000 premium seats started in March 2000 and was carried out in just 30 months by two giants – Manhattan and Skanska. First pre-season match was played already in August 2002 with all of the following season's fixtures of Houston Texans being also staged here. Soon the Houston rodeo found its home here, along with wrestling fights and occiasional football matches by either USA or other teams (MLS All Stars, Manchester United, Venezuela). Concerts of top stars are also a frequent kind of event.
In 2008 first major renovation had to be carried out as hurricane Ike did significant damage to both the retractable roof and parts of the interior.
Naming roghts not only to the stadium but also surrounding complex were bought by Reliant. The company paid $300 million for a period of 32 years. In 2014 the name changed after Reliant was bought by NRG.
In 2013 two giant screens were installed behind each end, earning the stadium a global record with each one's surface of 14,549 square feet.
Copa America Centenario: Record-breaking, but far from perfect
You only have a centenary once, so CONMEBOL celebrated with a massive party. And while Copa America Centenario was the largest ever, still one in three stadium seats remained empty.
Copa América Centenario: Greatest tournament ever… almost
No World Cup ever had stadiums as big as those of the ongoing Copa América 2016! Americans again outgrow the rest of the world, but… the ticket demand isn’t exactly there.
USA: Are these the venues for Copa America 2016?
We’ve had the last Copa America this year, but there’s one much, much bigger coming up in 2016. Why? It’s the centenary and USA will host one of the world’s largest tournaments. Again.
Houston: First rebranding of Reliant Stadium, now NRG Stadium
After almost 12 years in operation, Houston’s retractable-roof stadium changes its name. From now it’ll be known as NRG Stadium. That’s not a new naming rights deal, but continuation of the ongoing one.
USA: Players and coaches with microphones?
In an attempt to bring more fans to NFL games, the league authorities are planning to plant microphones onto players and coaches, allowing everyone to hear what they say. According to Sports Business Journal, it’s a matter of a couple upcoming seasons.
USA: New record for stadium video board set
Previous record was owned by Texas-based Cowboys Stadium and the new one didn't go far, too. New giants screens at Reliant Stadium are far wider, giving them larger surface. Each stands at 1,352 sqm (or 14,549 sqf)!
USA: What’s better for matchday experience than a camera in the changing rooms?
American Football league NFL continues its efforts to compete with TV broadcasting. In another attempt to get fans off their couches and into the stands, the league has just mandated… changing room cameras.
USA: Bar-type standing terraces growing in the NFL?
An executive of the NFL predicts that future stadiums may be less about watching the game and more about a bar-type atmosphere of special decks with standing room. LA Times and NBC report.
Houston: World’s widest screen to be installed
It makes you want to think: what next? Because the new Reliant Stadium giant screen will be just 20% shorter than the football pitch itself. Expected to be delivered within the next 8 months.
USA: Two fans dead in a tragic season opening
New season of American football is just beginning, but not in the way anyone was hoping for. One after another, two accidents took lives of 25- and 20-year-old men who fell down at Reliant Field and Georgia Dome.