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Reliant Stadium: A Guide to the Home of the Houston Texans

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Fans will find everything at their disposal to spend a fun Monday night, or a spirit-filled Sunday afternoon, cheering on the Houston Texans. If you leave Reliant Stadium disappointed it will be your own fault.

Stadium Name: Reliant Stadium in Reliant Park.

Location: 1 Reliant Parkway, Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054. (Centrally located inside the Inner Loop of 610 West, between Fannin Street and Kirby Street.)

Maximum Capacity: Reliant Stadium seats 71,500 proud Houston Texans fans.

Year Built: Conceived in 1997 as the NFL's first stadium to feature an indoor/outdoor retractable roof, the groundbreaking of Reliant Stadium took place on March 9, 2000. The stadium was completed on August 24, 2002.

Parking:

* There are six parking lots surrounding Reliant Stadium.

* Season ticket holders may purchase pre-paid parking passes.

* Fans who purchase tickets and parking passes for individual gamedays must park in their

designated parking lots.

* Platinum parking gates open at 2:30 p.m.

* All other parking gates open at 3:30 p.m.

* Traffic is heavy traffic in and around Reliant Park, so plan your trip accordingly

* Make your trip to Reliant Stadium easier by using the following link:

http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/transportation-and-parking.html

Food:

* No outside food is allowed, so get your hot dogs, burgers, warm pretzels, and cold beer or soda at one of the many Aramark Concessions stands throughout the stadium.

* Additional specialty bars, restaurants and private clubs are located on the stadium's upper

levels.

Beer:

* No beer or alcohol may be brought into the stadium.

* Bags are checked as fans enter the stadium. There's no hesitation about confiscating rule-breakers' beer stash. Don't be sad. Be glad. Leave your beer at home on gameday.

* Anyone under the age of 35 should be prepared to show ID when purchasing alcohol. No ID? No suds! Get it?

* Reliant Stadium holds licenses for specific areas of the stadium to serve different types of alcoholic drinks. (Beer only, both beer and liquor or neither). Fans should consume alcoholic beverages in the same area where they are purchased. If you forget, and carry your drink to another area, a big guy from the Reliant Stadium staff will be there to remind you.

Things to Know:

* Have fun.

* Bring banners to support you favorite player.

* Have fun.

* NFL rules prohibit noisemakers inside the stadium.

* Have fun.

* No smoking anywhere in the stadium.

* Have fun.

* No backpacks or bags larger than 11"X17 are allowed into the stadium.

* Have fun.

Marvin and Donna were middle-aged and single-again when they attended the opening game of the Houston Texans vs the Kansas City Chiefs on, September 7, 2007. They'd met online, and had agreed to attend the season opener together. Donna admired Matt Schaub because of his all-star background, and she was eager to check out Kasey Studdard, a UT college player who had been drafted by the Texans. (Marvin spent a lot of that Sunday afternoon admiring Donna.) Houston won 20-3 that day. Marvin and Donna won one year later when they got married.

The couple still enjoys watching Texans games on TV in their North Houston home, where they host season opener parties for their families and friends.

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