Reliant Stadium is about to become NRG Energy.
Reliant Stadium is about to become NRG Stadium and Reliant Park will be called NRG Park in a sweeping switch engineered by Reliant's parent company — NRG Energy. The Chronicle first reported the change.
NRG Energy acquired Reliant Energy's retail operations in 2009. Now, NRG has plans to change every stadium sign that currently bears Reliant's name.
Questions still loom at this early stage whether the name change will be applicable to Reliant Center, Reliant Arena and the still-in-limbo Reliant Astrodome. The details of the new change will be discussed March 19 at the next board meeting of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp., which runs the Reliant Park complex.
Reliant purchased the naming rights for the stadium, where the Houston Texans play, and park buildings in 2002 for $300 million, a then-record naming rights fee. The stadium is the only rodeo and NFL indoor/outdoor retractable roof, natural grass stadium that can be configured to utilize a 125,000 square foot space for general sessions, catered functions, exhibits, concerts and much more.
It's the most high-profile stadium in Houston and is set to host the 2016 Final Four and the 2017 Super Bowl, mammoth events that will give the new NRG name plenty of play.
NRG's retail serves 1.6 million customers in Texas. Its retail operations have operated under the Reliant Energy name while the remainder of the former Reliant Energy became RRI Energy.
What do you think of the sudden name change? Will you embrace NRG Stadium or still call it Reliant? Sound off by leaving a comment.
First held in 1931 as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, or Houston Rodeo has been the signature event for its host city for over 80 years now. Held over 20 days at Reliant Stadium, the Houston Rodeo features a diverse program of entertainment including musical acts, livestock auctions, pig racing, the World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, and of course, championship rodeo competition. Last year's event saw a record attendance of 2,506,238 people, requiring over 28,000 volunteers to organize. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and when it comes to Houston, the country's fourth most populous city, this three week rodeo festival is no exception. While many of the acts are country, this year's slate of artists features Usher, Selena Gomez, REO Speedwagon, Maroon 5, and Robin Thicke to diversify things up and provide a little bit of something for everyone. Despite all the hype and anticipation Houston Rodeo tickets demand is slightly lower this year, according to local Houston broker, MyTicketIn. Last year's rodeo included appearances by Mary J Blige, Demi Lovato, Styx, Pitbull, and BrunoMars , whose positive reviews and massive attendance contributed to him being selected to perform at the Super Bowl.
Reliant Park is ready for some BBQ and Rodeo! Last year was a record setting attendance, with over 2.25 Million guests entering our gates in a 23 day span. Even though the Rodeo isn't going to be finished off with a George Strait concert, the expected attendance is greater than last years! There are some changes to the event timeline from previous years, however, the event logistics are remaining mostly the same. Please note the following schedule as well as information specific to your areas:
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ CONTEST
Date Carnival Hours BBQ Contest Hours
Thurs, Feb. 27th 6pm - 11pm 5pm - 11pm
Fri, Feb. 28th 4pm - 11pm 12pm - 11pm
Sat, March 1st. 12pm - 11pm 9am - 11pm
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo*
Date Monday - Friday Saturday - Sunday
3/4 - 3/9 Carnival: 4PM - 12AM Carnival: 10AM - 12AM
3/10 - 3/23 Carnival: 1PM - 12AM Carnival: 10AM - 12AM
3/4 - 3/23 Stadium Open: 6PM Stadium Open: Between 2:30PM - 3PM
*Note- Please see the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo website for a complete schedule: https://www.rodeohouston.com/
Cash Parking: Cash parking is available in Reliant Park's "Yellow" lot located off of S. Main and the "610 Lot, "formerly known as "Astroworld." Electronic Message Boards have been placed in the Reliant Park area to assist with way-finding. Additional cash parking operations are surface lots off of Old Spanish Trail and Reed Road. All other Reliant Park lots are pre-sold or reserved.
Taxis/Limos - The pick-up and drop-off will occur in the Green lot as it has in the past. A cab stand will be fully operational on all show days within this lot. Please inform all drivers that picking up and dropping off along city streets and within lane closures is not authorized. During the show days of Rodeo, all lanes of Kirby Drive will be closed North of Westridge and South of McNee once the concert has begun. Limos will be allowed to stage in this area.
METRO - The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is/has coordinated routes and drop-offs with Metro. Should you need any assistance, feel free to contact me.
TX DOT and the City of Houston- There are no known traffic construction projects at this time. Please keep us posted on any items which may impact our events.
HPD- Your assistance as always is greatly appreciated. We've reached out to your respective departments to help coordinate all of our efforts.
Please let me know of any questions, thank you!
Ryan Boros | Security & Parking Manager, SMG-Reliant Park
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