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What's New at NRG Stadium in 2021 | Daily Brew

Texans Gamedays are back at NRG Stadium and even better than before! From augmented reality to pre-ordering food and beverages, check out all the new features for fans to enjoy in 2021.

El Bravo

The Texans bull got a makeover this offseason courtesy of the Houston Texans creative team. Making a debut on the 2021 preseason television broadcast, El Bravo will be prominently featured on gamedays in the new tunnel used for player intros. The tunnel features an animatronic head that can breathe smoke (and fire). The bull's head is 50 percent bigger than before and also features programmable lights.

Also, El Bravo makes his appearance on the field throughout the game via Augmented Reality technology.


The Texans Gameday experience has elevated with the addition of a new in-stadium host, Houston Texans Legend Cecil Shorts III and resident deejay DJ Athenz bringing energy and entertaining fans in before, after and during the game.

Fans will also see a new national anthem tradition with an oversized USA flag and participation from fans and segments throughout the game using new mixed reality technology. As the first team in the NFL to have a permanent installation for mixed reality, our video production team can merge in-person elements with virtual, animated designs.

Easier Contactless Checkout with Zippin and Mashgin

NRG Stadium is now equipped with the latest technology - including Zippin and Mashgin - in several concession stands, creating easier and contactless checkout.

The Icehouse Express features Zippin technology, a checkout-free platform where fans can tap their credit card to be charged for their purchases without scanning or interacting with a cashier. Overhead cameras and smart shelves identify the items as they get picked off the shelf and the customer pays automatically upon exiting the store.

Mashgin technology is featured throughout the concourses and allows fans to make their beverage selections and utilize touchless technology to checkout and pay for their selections.

Texans Mobile Express

Texans Mobile Express ordering technology allows fans a safer and more enjoyable concession pickup experience with minimized lines and crowds. Guests can place their order through the Texans mobile app and pick it up at a designated concessions kiosk. Fans on the Club level will also have the option for in-seat delivery.

Electronic Ticketing and Parking

Accessing and transferring tickets and parking is easier than ever!

Season Ticket Members and fans can access their tickets/parking passes for gameday or transfer them to someone else using the Texans mobile app. Electronic ticketing provides contactless entry and convenience when accessing and managing tickets/parking passes.

The Texans open the 2021 regular season against Jacksonville at NRG Stadium on Sept. 12. Kickoff is set for noon on CBS and SportsRadio 610.

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