Houston is a major football town. Sure, it doesn’t have the rabid fans of Seattle or the history of Wisconsin’s Lambeau Field, but Houston natives take their pigskin seriously. There’s always a game on locally, whether it’s the Super Bowl or just a nearby college team on one of Houston’s cable channels.
If you’re staying with us at Magnolia Houston, you’re at the center of the action and just a short ride away from the area’s top sports attractions. Here are a few of the best places in H-Town to catch the next big game.
Take Me Out to the (Foot)Ball Game
Three seating tiers. A retractable roof. Nearly two hundred executive suites. Yeah, Houston’s NRG Stadium has it all. Opened in 2002, the home stadium of the Houston Texan is suitably Texas-sized, with seats for more than 70,000 fans. Every avid football fan has seen this baby in action – NRG Stadium was chosen as the site of 2017’s Super Bowl LI, making it one of the most viewed sports stadiums this year. There’s currently a wait list for 2017-2018 season tickets. However, if you can score an individual game ticket this season, it’s the best place in town to catch the Texans in their prime. Get tickets HERE.
Home Away from Home
There’s no need to leave Magnolia Houston if you’re looking to catch an NFL game or see a local team toss the pigskin. Televised games can be viewed on your in-room TV, or streamed to your laptop or other portable device with our complimentary Wi-Fi. Need a bigger screen? Head down to the bar area inside The Lounge, our award-winning eatery named “Best Hotel Bar” by the Houston Press. This isn’t your typical hotel bar. Grab a plush bar stool or comfy couch with a view of the widescreen TV and feast on upscale wings dotted with bleu cheese, or tackle a quesadilla and throw back a few craft brews while rooting for your favorite players. Contact our concierge for information on games during your stay.
If you’re more at home cheering with a rowdy sports bar crowd, there’s no shortage of traditional places to catch the big game in Houston. Lucky’s Pub is as dive-y and traditional as they come, with plenty of wood paneling and whiskey pours that’ll curl your toes. For more trendy fare, check out the Austin-based Doc’s Motorworks, which boasts a dog-friendly patio and gas station motif, or beeline for Bovine & Barley on Main Street. The latter has a killer $5 happy hour menu, plus enough big-screen TVs to ensure a good view from any angle.
The Texans are the big dogs in town, but don’t underestimate the University of Houston’s Cougars. Despite changing coaches more often than most teams clean their uniforms, the Cougars regularly make it to bowl games and typically finish the season with around 9 wins and a few losses under their belt. One of the more notable games they played in recent years was back in 2014, when they played the Armed Forces Bowl against the Pitt Panthers. With little more than 10 minutes left on the clock and the team down by 25 points, they managed a mega comeback in the fourth quarter to beat Pitt by a single point. Catch team warmups locally, or sign up for game coverage online.
Whether you’re the fan quietly cheering over a beer at home or the guy in the stands decked head-to-toe in his favorite team’s colors, Houston welcomes you. This is, after all, a football town. Stay at Magnolia Hotel, in the heart of the city, and you’ll never be far from a college or NFL game. Contact us at 713-221-0011 or book your visit online today.