Houston Travel Guide

Sports

Houston has sports teams for every major professional league, except the National Hockey League. The Houston Astros is an MLB expansion team formed in 1962 (as the "Colt .45s" until 1965) that made one World Series appearance in 2005. The Houston Rockets, which was formed in 1967 in San Diego, relocated in 1971, and have won two NBA Championships. The Houston Texans play in the NFL. The Houston Dynamo play in Major League Soccer. The Houston Dash play in the National Women's Soccer League.

Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets), are located in Downtown Houston. Houston has the NFL's first retractable-roof stadium with natural grass, Reliant Stadium (home of the Texans). Minute Maid Park is also a retractable-roof stadium. Toyota Center also has the largest screen for an indoor arena in the United States built to coincide with the arena's hosting of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. BBVA Compass Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium for the Dynamo and Dash, located in East Downtown. In addition, Reliant Astrodome was the first indoor stadium in the world, built in 1965. Other sports facilities include Hofheinz Pavilion (Houston Cougars basketball), Rice Stadium (Rice Owls football), and Reliant Arena. Houston Football Stadium is currently under construction for the University of Houston Houston Cougars football team, and is scheduled to open by August 2014.

Houston has hosted several major sports events: The 1968, 1986 and 2004 MLB All-Star Game, the 1989, 2006 and 2013 NBA All-Star Game, Super Bowl VIII and Super Bowl XXXVIII, as well as hosting the 2005 World Series and 1981, 1986, 1994 and 1995 NBA Finals, winning the latter two. Super Bowl LI is currently slated to be hosted in Houston's Reliant Stadium in 2017.

The city has hosted several major professional and college sporting events, including the annual Houston Open golf tournament. Houston hosts the annual NCAA College Baseball Classic every February and NCAA football's Texas Bowl in December.

The Grand Prix of Houston, an annual auto race on the IndyCar Series circuit is held on a 1.7-mile temporary street circuit in Reliant Park. The October, 2013 event was held using a tweaked version of the 2006-2007 course. The event has a 5-year race contract through 2017 with IndyCar.


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