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Gameday: Texans vs. Steelers

The Houston Texans provide a complete gameday experience for fans who make the trip to NRG Stadium.

General Information
The Houston Texans strongly encourage all fans attending to be in their seats by at least 30 minutes prior to kickoff to participate in the pregame activities and be ready for kickoff.

During a Houston Texans game, guests who encounter something that disrupts their enjoyment of the game or have a question can text us at 832-241-0202 for an immediate response.

Parking Lot/Stadium Gate Information
-All parking lots will open four (4) hours prior to kickoff as with all other Texans home games.
-All main stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.  
Pregame/In-Game Entertainment

Gate Giveaway: Season ticket members who get their tickets scanned at gates will be automatically entered to win Super Bowl LII tickets
Texas Flag Holders: Proud Houston Texans season ticket members
Pre-Game Entertainment: Santa TORO and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders
Color Guard: Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary to the United States Air Force
Homefield Advantage Captain: Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Head Coaches, from the Big 12 the University of Texas’ Head Coach Tom Herman and from the SEC, the University of Missouri’s Head Coach Barry Odom
National Anthem: Texas Country Music rising star, Houston’s own, Julia Cole will lead the fans in the Texans Fanthem
Halftime: Christmas Day Scramble
(11) Lucky Season Ticket Members will be selected to play in the Christmas Day Scramble to win amazing prizes, including...
1. Lunch with a player provided by NOV
2. RTIC Bundle
3. $1000 Gift Certificate to H-E-B
4. Texans Team Shop Shopping Spree courtesy of Coca-Cola
5. $1000 Gift Certificate courtesy of Ticketmaster
6. $1000 Gift Certificate provided by United Airlines
7. Academy Outdoor Family Fun Package and (4) tickets to the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
8. $1000 Gift Certificate courtesy of Mattress Firm
9. Round Trip for (2) to the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida
10. Round Trip for (2) to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota
11. 65' HD TV courtesy of XFINITY

Special Presentations
• Spirit of Service Award Presentation
• Pro Bowl Cheerleader Announcement
• Announcement of the Commissioner’s Cup Winner and Tailgating Re-Cap
• Santa TORO’s Gift Grab: (3) lucky kids will have the opportunity to score gifts from Santa TORO
• Corporate Sponsor giveaways throughout the game

Gridiron, TX presented by Miller Lite: Shotgun Road
Bud Light Cantina: Jedi
Crown Royal Saloon: DJ Teddi
Bud Light Lounge: DJ London
West Club: Obsolete August
East Club: The Elroys

Texans Ambassadors Appearances
The Houston Texans Ambassadors are a group of former Texans and NFL players who reside in the Houston area that represents the team at Texans games and in the community.

Times Event Ambassadors
1:30p-2:30p Bud Light Plaza Carel Stith
2p Texans Radio TBD
1:30-2:45p Verizon West Club Rico McDonald and Richmond Webb
1:30-2:45p Verizon East Club Rico McDonald and Richmond Webb
2:45p Gameday Central Chester Pitts
Halftime Gameday Central Chester Pitts

Retail Perks
Featured Item of the Game: 20% off all merchandise in every Houston Texans Team Shop! (limited exclusions apply)
Stop by the NEW Houston Texans Team Shop at Section 117 for all your shopping needs inside NRG Stadium!


Bud Light Plaza

Start your NFL gameday experience at a free pregame tailgate party at Bud Light Plaza (Click here for the stadium map). The party includes the Battle Ready Band, Texans Countdown Live Broadcast, Sponsor Activations and plenty of food, drinks and fun.
Bud Light Plaza opens two and a half hours prior to kickoff. In addition, the Texans Cheerleaders, Deep Steel Thunder Band and TORO will make an appearance before each game.

1:00 pm Bud Light Plaza Opens
The Battle Ready Band Performance
2 pm Houston Texans Cheerleaders Performance at Bud Light Stage
2:30 pm Texans Pregame Pep Rally at Bud Light Stage
Deep Steel Thunder Performs

The Bullevard presented by Academy + Outdoors 

Visit the BULLevard for pregame activities for the entire family. This fan-friendly area, located south of NRG Stadium between the Stadium and NRG Astrodome, includes interactive games, music and much more as you get ready for kickoff. The BULLevard opens two and a half hours prior to kickoff.


Chevron Kids Corner
Swing by the Chevron Kids Corner located south of NRG Stadium between the Stadium and NRG Astrodome. This kid friendly area features the Chevron STEM Zone, interactive inflatables, games, a face painter, the Mike Quinn Quarterback Challenge, and the 40 yard dash. Chevron Kids Corner opens two and a half hours prior to kickoff.

Churrascos Club

The Churrascos Club, located in the Houston Methodist Training Center, is the spot for an elite pregame party. You'll enjoy a specially prepared buffet menu catered by Churrascos, beverages provided by Coors and Coca-Cola and entertainment! For tickets and information, click here or call 832-667-2390.

Food Trucks

There will be food trucks in Bud Light Plaza and on the BULLevard.


The Houston Texans not only allow tailgating, we encourage it! We want NRG Stadium to provide the finest tailgating experience in the NFL, so we have established a few guidelines to make your tailgating party great:

• All Parking lots (except for platinum) will open four hours prior to kickoff.
• All parking at NRG Stadium will require a pre-purchased parking hangtag; you will not be able to buy any additional parking at the gate.
• Parking is first-come, first-served for the first hour; saving spots will not be allowed. If you would like to tailgate near friends, please arrive together.
• NRG Stadium entrance gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
• Tailgating will be limited to one 8’x 16’ space for each valid parking hangtag, and must not cross over into the drive lane designated by the blue lines down each aisle.
• The use of “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” (UAS) or “Drones” and other remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicles is strictly prohibited at NRG Stadium and NRG Park.  Anyone possessing or operating such devices at NRG Park is subject to confiscation of the item, removal from NRG Park and possible legal action in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.
• RV’s, buses, and oversized vehicles will need to pre-purchase a minimum of two parking spots and need to park in the designated RV areas in each lot. 
• If you plan to extend sides or set chairs outside of your RV or Bus you will need parking hangtags in addition to the ones for the space that will be used by you vehicle.
• For safety, fans may not stand, sit, or congregate on the tops of vehicles, busses or RV’s.
• Generators that create excessive noise or harmful fumes are prohibited. (As determined by Texans staff.)
• Barbecues in tow will also be required to have an additional pre-purchased hangtag. You will not be allowed to buy one at the gate.
• No Music system speakers may exceed 18” tall and 12” wide
• Music speakers my not produce sound greater than 68 decibels in accordance to the City of Houston sound ordinance Sections 30.1-30.9
• No Pets of any kind are allowed at Houston Texans games except, certified service animals
• The Houston Texans do not allow the solicitation of cash for goods or services within the NRG Stadium parking lots; this includes but is not limited to tips, donations, or payment for food, beverage, merchandise, promotional products.
• Liquid charcoal starter or other flammable liquids are strictly prohibited. Charcoal may be started with an electrical starter designed for this purpose or quick starting charcoal is recommended. Open flames are allowed but all barbecue pits left unattended must be extinguished.
• Ash containers, trash containers and port-o-lets are located in each lot.
• Hot ashes, cinders, smothering coal, or other hot materials must be disposed of in the Orange dumpsters only.
• Trash must be disposed of the in the Green dumpsters only.
• For safety purposes, all tents, chairs, etc. must be put away before entering NRG Stadium.
• In order to ensure the safety of our fans, no golf carts, Segways, motorized coolers, skateboards, bicycles, or large balloons will be allowed for use by fans in the parking lots.
• NRG Stadium and the Houston Texans do not grant the right to display advertising, banners or signs, or distribute promotional items on property. Fans may be asked to remove inappropriate banners or signs.
• All cooking equipment shall be situated away from crowds, buildings, vehicles or combustible materials.  A minimum clearance distance of 3 feet is required.
• A minimum class 2A-10B:C fire extinguisher with a current service tag is required at each cooking area.
• LP-gas cooking appliances shall be UL listed and approved for use. LP-gas cylinders shall be secured in an upright position to keep from falling and positioned to prevent impact from vehicle traffic. Portable generators are not to be filled while running and fuel must be in a UL listed safety can (2 gal. max). Guests are welcome to continue tailgating up to one hour after the end of the game. However, in some instances guests may be asked to clear the parking lots before that time.
• Any violation of the fire safety regulations will be subject to citations being issued by the City of Houston Fire Inspector.
• For any further information regarding these guidelines or any other questions on the day of the game please call 832-667-1400 or text our text line number at 832-241-0202.
• The Houston Texans reserve the right to revoke the season parking pass of those who do not comply with these guidelines.