The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) dedicated a new Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility that will be better able to handle the expected growth in flight operations in the Houston area.
The Houston TRACON is responsible for controlling air traffic over roughly 16,000 square miles of airspace stretching from the Texas-Louisiana border to approximately 35 miles east of Austin and from Galveston to 30 miles north of College Station. The City of Houston is leasing the 47,500 square-foot facility to the FAA at no cost. The new TRACON is located on 21 acres of land at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) facility and replaces an outdated structure that was commissioned more than 40 years ago.
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.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also called RodeoHouston or abbreviated HLSR, is the world's largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. It also includes one of the richest regular-season rodeo events. It has been held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, since 2003. It was previously held in the Astrodome. It is considered to be the city's "signature event", much like New Orleans's Mardi Gras, Dallas's Texas State Fair, and New York City's New Year's Eve at Times Square.
In 2013, attendance reached a record high of 2,506,238 people requiring more than 28,000 volunteers. In 2007, the rodeo was deemed "the year of the volunteer. The event is 20 days long. It is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run - a 10k and 5k walk & run and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The show features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, shopping, sales and livestock auctions. Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events. The City of Houston celebrates this event with Go Texan Day, where residents are encouraged to dress in western wear the Friday before the rodeo begins.
The rodeo has drawn some of the world's biggest recording artists, including Kiss, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Selena, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Taylor Swift and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others.