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BBVA Compass Stadium

Houston, TX

Home of the Houston Dynamo

3.9

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BBVA Compass Stadium (map it)
2200 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77002


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Year Opened: 2012

Capacity: 22,039

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Orange is the Houston Dynamo

BBVA Compass Stadium is located in Houston, Texas. The stadium opened on May 12, 2012, as an open-air soccer-specific venue, serving as home pitch for the Houston Dynamo of MLS and the Houston Dash of the NWSL. On Saturdays in the fall, the venue also transforms to the primary home field for the Texas Southern football team.

The stadium was built at the cost of $95 million with a capacity of 22,039. It is designed to MLS and FIFA standards, allowing the stadium to entertain international matches. The architecture design was done by Populous, which designed other Houston sports venues such as NRG Stadium, Toyota Center, and Minute Maid Park. The stadium has a unique structure with a façade of expanded metal mesh with orange polycarbonate enclosed entrances. This reflects the industrial heritage of the east downtown location known as Eado.

The stadium seems to have developed a nickname among fans, “The Oven,” referring to being outside in the Houston heat, as the structure of the stadium doesn't provide much of a breeze for fans inside the stadium.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

There are plenty of concession options inside BBVA Compass Stadium including restaurants such as Papa John's and Dickey's BBQ occupying some of the concession stands. Levy Restaurant oversees the food and beverage operations inside the stadium, and is well known across the nation, in sports venue food service.

There is the basic fan fare such as hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, and other stadium favorites. Hot dogs start at $6.50. The ultimate fork and knife dog is only a regular hot dog with chili, cheese, and sweet onions costing an additional $3.25 more, bringing this item to an overpriced mark of $9.75.

All pizza slices and burgers are $9, while nachos grande costs $10, unless you order the smaller version for $7.50. Popcorn is $7 and peanuts and candy are at least under the $5 pricepoint, at $4.75 and $4.25 respectively.

A unique item on the menu for $6 is s'mores nachos. Speaking of sweet, the gourmet pretzel stand offers a chocolate chip oreo cookie pretzel for $7.

There are other options such as the Serrano pepper and garlic parmesan as well. The regular pretzel cost is $6, but the Big "D" Dynamo sea salt with dipping sauce is $10 and can be easily split between two people. In addition to those, you'll find various mobile stands around the concourse like Fresh Market Salads, Chill (frozen lemonade), and a Mexican food cart serving marinated chicken nachos or beef carne guisada nachos for $13.

The beverage selection doesn't get any cheaper unless you order coffee or hot chocolate ($3.25). Snapple and water cost $5.50 while soda is either $6 for a regular or the Forever Orange commemorative cup at $7.75. The soda products are RC/Dr. Pepper products such as 7up, Sunkist Orange, and Big Red.

There are beer options for domestics (Budweiser products) for $10.75 and imports for a dollar more. BBVA Compass Stadium supports the local craft beer craze with a cart selling brews for $12.25, like Saint Arnold Amber Ale, Karbach Hopadillo, and Spindletap Honey Hole. There is an interesting craft beer just from a sports fan's view called Dome Faux'm, a cream ale from the 8th Wonder Brewery. A Dynamo Rita cart, which offers up margaritas and wine, is another option available to you throughout the various stands.

Overall the food and beverage options are above average, but the pricing seems to be unusually high even by sports venue standards.

Atmosphere    4

The first noticeable item when arriving at BBVA Compass Stadium is the unique infrastructure of stadium. The sharp looking stadium next to residential apartments, a metro link stop, with an outside scoreboard providing match information to people just arriving, provides a great introductory game day atmosphere for Dynamo fans.

The design is the Dynamo orange color around the bottom of the stadium and topped with a metal mesh structure. The Houston skyline is visible above the stadium from the west upper seating area. The seating area is a square bowl style with seats wrapping around the entire playing surface. The west, east, and south sides provide partial shade for fans. BBVA Compass Stadium has two tiers of seating wrapped around the entire seating area with the smaller strip on the bottom and the majority of seats above. Between the two tiers of seats are 34 private suites and 1,100 club seats on the east and west sides.

The pitch is natural Tifway 419 Bermuda grass and is kept in exceptional shape. The main video board is located on the north side above the Beer Garden. On the south side, there are also two smaller screens on each side of the south end line. Hanging from the rafters of the south side overhang are banners recognizing the 2006 and 2007 Western Conference championships, the 2011 and 2012 Eastern Conference championships, and of course the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup championships. Throughout the concourse, the Dynamo provide an interesting décor of wall art memorializing important moments in Dynamo history as well as Dynamo players.

Dynamo Diesel, the official team mascot, walks around the stadium interacting with the fans throughout the game. During the game, the Dynamo fans create a wonderful and entertaining atmosphere with constant chanting, especially from the various soccer clubs in the Beer Garden end of the stadium.

Neighborhood    4

BBVA Compass Stadium is located on the east end of downtown Houston in an area known as Eado (East Downtown) just east of Highway 59 near Minute Maid Park, the Houston Convention Center, and Toyota Center. The neighborhood seems to be rejuvenated with the building of BBVA Compass Stadium.

Houston investment into downtown apartment construction, such as The Lofts at the ballpark, gives the immediate area outside the stadium a more residential feel than a downtown city area. Eado has potential in becoming a hot spot for activity beyond game nights with emerging excellent restaurants and bars. There is plenty of public transit, the best being the rail access in front of the stadium, giving not only a cheap method of transportation to the neighborhood and stadium, but access to other locations across downtown.

In the immediate area, there are two restaurants offering up a taste of Texas-style BBQ; Pappa Charlie's and Jackson Street Barbecue. Pappa Charlie's is located within the Eado district just off Rusk Ave near such other popular pre and postgame locations for Dynamo games, Lucky's Pub and Little Woodrow's-Eado. Jackson Street BBQ and Home Plate Bar and Grill are within walking distance on the west side of Highway 59, next to Minute Maid Park.

The nearby entertainment around BBVA Compass Stadium's immediate area is just outside the stadium at a place called Warehouse Live. Warehouse Live offers live concerts and comedy. On the east side of the highway, closer to downtown is Discovery Green, a great downtown park with a splash-pad and green space. Houston's theater and museum districts offer a change of pace from the sports scene, but sports fans should be sure to check out Minute Maid Park either by attending an Astros game or the doing one of the daily ballpark tours.

The area near the stadium offers plenty of lodging for a Dynamo game. There is the Hilton Americas located near the Toyota Center and conveniently next to Discovery Green. This hotel offers perks besides the short walking distance to the stadium. Depending on the location of your room, you could possibly have a nice view of the downtown skyline. There is the JW Marriott and the Club Quarter Hotel-Houston, a little farther away in downtown. However both hotels are still great options if you like to be within walking distance or choose to grab the short ride on the metro rail.

Fans    5

The popularity of MLS continues to grow, and being such a diverse city, Houston is perfect for passionate soccer fans. The Dynamo keeps a solid attendance fan base. In 2015, the Dynamo averaged 20,658, which was firmly inside the top ten for average attendance in MLS. In fact, the Dynamo average attendance has finished in the top eight every year since BBVA Compass Stadium opened.

Dynamo fans are both loud and proud. Soccer is known worldwide for boisterous fan clubs and the Dynamo are no different with three groups in the north end zone around the Beer Garden. The three groups of El Batallon, Brickwall, and the Texian Army are passionate fan groups. Yet, they are different with their own cheers and how they support the community.

Brickwall brings more of a European style of chanting, singing, and flag waving. The Texian Army, visible in sections 215-217, invites all supporters to join its community while offering discounts to Dynamo events, including big tailgating parties before matches in Lot C. El Batallon sports banners and flags throughout the matches, while singing, chanting, and yelling during the entire 90 minutes of play (including several minutes before and after the game). This is El Batallon's only requirement for their membership.

There are plenty of tailgaters throughout the parking lots around the stadium. On Orange Avenue, a pregame party strip opens three hours prior to kickoff and offers drinks, live music, and other activities.

Dynamo fans are great. During player introductions, the PA announcer starts with the first name and the Dynamo supporters yell in unison the last name. After goals, fans begin to sing and throw streamers in the air to celebrate. The singing of "We are Orange" is an interesting way to get the fans ready before kickoff.

Access    4

The stadium is located just off Hwy 59 near downtown Houston, which makes it pretty accessible to all major roadways around the city. The access has improved with the recent addition of the light rail to the stadium.

The Houston Dynamo and the East Downtown (Eado) area has become an integral part of the city and community with the new METRO Rail line drop-off point immediately in front of the stadium. With this new access option, for $1.25 each way, you can avoid the parking and traffic gridlock that Dynamo fans have had the past displeasure when going to BBVA Compass Stadium. If you are staying anywhere near the light rail or downtown, plan your trip by checking out the light rail maps at RideMetro.org prior to the match.

If the light rail is not an option, the best advice is to get there early to avoid traffic. This is especially the case if the nearby Houston Astros are playing at home on the same day. Plus, as the saying goes, "The early bird gets the worm," as the early fans can get free parking. Parking is available around the stadium, at a cost which ranges from $5-$20; you may go online for more expensive reserved parking in Lots B and C, but this option is subject to availability.

The reserved parking lots B and C and the metro line station Eado/Stadium is near the ticket booth on the north side of the stadium. Even when there is a decent sized walk up crowd at the ticket booth the lines are managed well and move pretty swiftly.

There are several entrance gates around the stadium providing easy access inside the stadium. Once inside, there is a very spacious concourse that runs along the outer rim of the seating areas. The signage within the concourse clearly marks the seating sections, concessions, and restrooms. In addition to the signage, the stadium provides several maps posted around the concourse to help you find the locations of many items within the stadium. The seats are orange hard plastic, but the seating is spacious. The concessions have TVs showing the match while you wait in line. However, the lines move quickly so fans won't miss much action. The restrooms have an easy ingress/egress to them.

Return on Investment    3

Major League Soccer is expensive compared to their counterpart leagues around the world. However, MLS is beginning its 21st season, and the league continues to rise in popularity in the United States. The ticket pricing for Houston Dynamo matches range from $28 to $136, depending on the visiting team and seating available at the box office.

Most of the seating is $28 to $46, making the average cost around $37. Compared to the other major sports in Houston, only the Astros provide a cheaper option. Overall, the stadium has great seating. The 200 level sideline seats are probably the best overall with seats under the awning allowing fans to have protection from the elements. These seats typically run about $28 so they are not only the overall best for viewing, but the cheapest. Check for possible ticket deals on the Houston Dynamo website.

The typical high concessions prices don't help with the return on investment, and I suggest trying the restaurants outside the stadium for a better meal at a more affordable cost.

Extras    4

The unique infrastructure of the stadium deserves another point, not only because of the quaint setting that the stadium provides, but because BBVA Compass Stadium is a leader in energy and environmental design, having received certification of Leadership in Energy -and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver from the United States Green Building Council.

The wall art showing the different players, as well as a mural for season ticket holders, which lists every name for the active season.

The MLS championship banners hang off the awning inside the stadium, and the trophies are located in the VIP club.

The location of the stadium near downtown Houston is a big plus for the overall experience. The public transit, lodging, and restaurants being all within walking distance of a stadium is always an extra for sporting events.

Final Thoughts

As MLS and pro soccer continues to grow in popularity, watching a Dynamo match at BBVA Compass Stadium is a must for U.S. soccer fans across the nation. After all, the Dynamo faithful already can tell you; We are Orange, Forever we are Orange, Forever Orange, Forever we are Ooo-Orange. Telling the world, that Orange isn't the new Black, but Orange is the Houston Dynamo.

Access To BBVA Compass Stadium via METRORail

Great review.

For those who may be planning to take in a Dynamo game at BBVA, the METRORail Green and Purple Lines are scheduled to be operational on May 23, 2015, and will provide an additional means to get to the stadium (a station serving both lines will be located just north of the stadium along Texas Avenue). For more info go here:

https://www.ridemetro.org/SchedulesMaps/GreenLine/Default.aspx
https://www.ridemetro.org/SchedulesMaps/PurpleLine/Default.aspx

by Kellybee | May 07, 2015 12:38 PM

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Forever Orange

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Since 2009, negotiations have been ongoing for a new home for Houston’s MLS franchise; the Dynamo. All the talk finally came to action though as ground broke in February 2011 and on May 12th of 2012 the Dynamo played their first home game at what is now BBVA Compass Stadium. The 22,000 capacity stadium is a huge upgrade from the Dynamo’s prior home of Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston. BBVA Compass Stadium is exactly what the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup champions needed.

Dale Dynamo!

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

There is little doubt that it was time for the Houston Dynamo and soccer fans in the Houston area to get their own soccer-specific stadium. The former home of Robertson Stadium (which has since been demolished in 2013) left the feeling that MLS soccer in Houston was temporary and not embraced. Though there were many great moments in Robertson Stadium including championship runs, there may have been no sweeter day for soccer fans in Houston than the first official home game at their new soccer-specific stadium on May 12, 2012; a game which featured a 1-0 victory over DC United in front of a sold out crowd of 22,039. An MLS matchup with the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium is an experience U.S. soccer fans across the nation should add to their bucket list.

Let's Go Dynamo!

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

As BBVA Compass Stadium turns three (in 2015), the venue has transitioned from a newcomer on the Houston metro scene to a staple of the downtown experience. Constructed specifically for a professional soccer environment, BBVA Compass Stadium not only serves as home pitch for the Houston Dynamo of the MLS and the Houston Dash of the NWSL, but has hosted several other marquee international matchups including the El Salvador and Mexico match (among others) and the U.S. women’s national team. The venue continues to serve as the primary home field for Texas Southern football as well.

With the addition of light rail access to the stadium, the Houston Dynamo and the East Downtown (Eado) area is quickly developing into an integral part of the city and community. Though the Dynamo have struggled on the pitch over the last few seasons, fan support remains strong in one of America’s most diverse cities which features a large number of international soccer fans. An MLS matchup with the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium is an experience U.S. soccer fans across the nation should add to their bucket list.

Orange is the Houston Dynamo

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

BBVA Compass Stadium is located in Houston, Texas. The stadium opened on May 12, 2012, as an open-air soccer-specific venue, serving as home pitch for the Houston Dynamo of MLS and the Houston Dash of the NWSL. On Saturdays in the fall, the venue also transforms to the primary home field for the Texas Southern football team.

The stadium was built at the cost of $95 million with a capacity of 22,039. It is designed to MLS and FIFA standards, allowing the stadium to entertain international matches. The architecture design was done by Populous, which designed other Houston sports venues such as NRG Stadium, Toyota Center, and Minute Maid Park. The stadium has a unique structure with a façade of expanded metal mesh with orange polycarbonate enclosed entrances. This reflects the industrial heritage of the east downtown location known as Eado.

The stadium seems to have developed a nickname among fans, “The Oven,” referring to being outside in the Houston heat, as the structure of the stadium doesn’t provide much of a breeze for fans inside the stadium.

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