Ever since their inaugural season in 2002, the Houston Texans have shared their home with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That working relationship has blossomed into a friendship, with both sides mutually invested in bringing economic growth and helping out the Houston community.
"We are so proud to be true partners with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo," Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "We share a passion to serve the youth of our community which are literally our future. We also share an ability to bring people together to enjoy experiences that become life-long memories. We have tremendous respect for our good friends that lead the Rodeo and greatly appreciate the hard work of the more than 30,000 volunteers that make the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a world-class event and a cherished Houston tradition."
The HLSR and the Houston Texans are co-tenants in the 1.9 million square foot NRG Stadium which transformed from a football field into a dirt arena, to host the largest rodeo in the world. Each year, the month-long Rodeo brings not only entertainment, it also creates 7,265 full-time equivalent jobs. The local population is increased by 16,316 people resulting in increased income for the Houston area. In 2017, the Houston Texans, Super Bowl LI and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo generated an economic impact of $1.13 billion in the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area.
"The rodeo is so big in Houston and they have been since 1932," Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair said. "And they have given 475 million to youth over these years and they just do a tremendous job for youth in Houston and we're so lucky that they are here with us in Houston."
On Wednesday, McNair rode in the Grand Entry at NRG Stadium and greeted fans during his ride.
"Well it's a joy to come down here and be invited by the rodeo," McNair said. "Like I say, they are great friends and to ride with your friends is a treat and to be in the Grand Entry, the largest Grand Entry in the history of the world. So we're excited to be here. The boys love the rodeo, we love the rodeo. We've been here several times already this year. We're having a lot of fun and it's going to be a great night."
The Texans host several events during Rodeo season, including a First Responders luncheon and a Military Appreciation luncheon each year. Players, current and former, attend both while many of the staff and team can be seen at popular events such as the popular World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, concerts and the carnival. Quarterback Deshaun Watson kicked off the month as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Downtown Rodeo Parade.
The 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo continues through Sunday, March 17 at NRG Stadium.
Dylan Cole, Brian Peters and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders stopped by the Rodeo Armed Forces Appreciation BBQ to spread some Texans cheer and thanks to the incredible men and women that either served or currently serve in the military.