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TDECU Stadium

Houston, TX

Home of the Houston Cougars

3.3

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TDECU Stadium (map it)
3847 Holman St
Houston, TX 77004


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Year Opened: 2014

Capacity: 40,000

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New View for Cougars

In 2014, the University of Houston unveiled their brand new football stadium, replacing the venerable old Robertson Stadium. The venue cost $120 million to construct, and was ready for opening day in 2014, when 40,755 packed the 40,000 seat stadium to see the Cougars lose to UTSA 27-7.

The stadium features 26 suites, with an additional 42 loge boxes, which should help attract revenue to the football program.

There’s no doubt that Houston loves its football team, and the new venue should go a long ways in helping the Cougars compete in the American Athletic Conference and beyond.

The Houston Cougars have a strong football history, highlighted by their time in the Southwestern Conference including their 1979 season where the team finished 11-1, ending with a victory in the Cotton Bowl over Nebraska. The Cougars can also boast of having a Heisman Trophy winner, Andre Ware, who won the prestigious honor in 1989.

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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    4

The number of concession points of sale more than doubled in comparison to Robertson Stadium with 171 available points of sale. Some of the options available to in the new stadium include gourmet burgers like the Blitz Burger (topped with sliced bratwurst), the Southern Dawg (sauerkraut, barbecue sauce and bacon bits), and the H-Town Burger (double burger with jalapenos) chipotle mayo and jack cheese. You'll also find a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich, fried pickles, a brisket baked potato (including BBQ sauce), and smoked pork nachos. Additionally, there are some outside vendors available like Chick-fil-A and Papa Johns.

In what is becoming a growing trend at college football stadiums, alcohol is served at TDECU Stadium, including both beer and cocktails. Coca-Cola products are available for fans not wishing to imbibe.

Atmosphere    4

The stadium is oriented from east-west and gives spectators a fantastic view of the Houston skyline. The team also reports that they did numerous sun and shade studies to help ensure optimal fan comfort for those hot early season day games.

Most of the seating is bleacher-style seats, with some chairback seats available in the front sections near the 50 yard line, primarily available for season ticket holders.

Like most new stadiums being built, TDECU Stadium is equipped with an impressive HD video screen scoreboard which measures 38x68 feet.

The stadium features the "Legends Plaza" at the northeast entrance which was constructed to recognize "the proud tradition of Houston Football."

You can't talk about the UH football stadium without mentioning palm trees. That's right, palm trees. Robertson Stadium proudly featured palm trees in the corners. To many UH fans, this was a unique and welcomed part of the environment. Though, many were left to wonder what exactly palm trees have to do with southeast Texas. The university decided TDECU Stadium, for good or for worse, would not feature palm trees.

Neighborhood    2

The area immediately around TDECU Stadium and the University of Houston is known as the "Third Ward" and is though it does have a few restaurants and other types of attractions, it generally isn't an area you will want to spend time in before or after the game. The Third Ward is a pretty rough neighborhood and though this shouldn't impact your stadium experience, it certainly impacts your time spent before and after the game if you are interested in leaving the campus. Houston has a lot to offer, but in other areas of the city.

If you are looking for a quick, local bite to eat, there are a couple worth trying out. Frenchy's Chicken doesn't look like much from the outside, but their fried chicken is amazing. There's a sports pub on campus known as The Den. With 30+ beers on tap and loads of hometown college students, this is a great stop on game day, unless you are a meek fan of the visiting team. There's also a Pink's Pizza on-campus, which is known for their deep-dish.

There's plenty of hotel options in the greater Houston area to choose from. If you are looking for a comfortable stay that's on-campus, check out the student run Hilton University Hotel. A stay here offers fans planning to spend a good deal of time around the campus an easy, comfortable, and accessible stay.

Fans    4

Cougar fans came out in pretty good numbers in the inaugural season of TDECU Stadium. Houston averaged just over 28,000 over their seven home games, attracting just short of 200,000 fans for the season.

The Cougars fans are everything you would expect from a college fan base. There is everything from older alumni to a rowdy student section, all in support of their beloved team. The Cougars fans may not be overly abundant, but they provide a great atmosphere.

Access    3

With a parking garage constructed adjacent to the stadium, it would seem intuitive that parking around the stadium should be a strength. However, the flow of traffic in and out of the stadium was horrendous early on in the inaugural season. Though some of these concerns were alleviated with better traffic management, the garage wasn't as great of a parking option as originally expected. There's plenty of parking on campus, however, don't expect it to be free. You'll likely be out $10 to park on campus (don't park in the surrounding community!).

Once you finally make it to the stadium, you'll be greeted by wide open access points to the stadium. Getting your tickets and through the gate should be relatively painless. It's hard to complain about over 50 brand new restrooms. In a new stadium, you'll be able to make a quick pit stop without some of the nightmare restroom experiences you may have had in other older stadiums. There's much more concourse room in TDECU Stadium than the former Robertson Stadium, but things can still get a bit tight for at-capacity crowds.

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Return on Investment    3

Tickets range in price from $25 and go up to $36 for reserved seats. Premium seats cost $40-$45. All UH students are admitted for free with their student ID card. There are good sight lines, so unless it is a game anticipated to get near capacity, casual fans should just opt for the cheapest ticket. You'll feel like you're getting a good return on your investment for this level of football, although you may want to bring a seat cushion with you if choosing a bleacher spot.

When you add in $10 for parking, and the standard stadium concession prices, you get an experience that should meet your investment.

Extras    3

• Few on-campus stadiums across America sell alcohol and TDECU is in that number. Though, depending on your preference, this could be either a positive or negative, at least you have the option should you choose to partake. You won't notice too many fans taking it too far (and let's be honest, those who want to drink find ways to do so even in stadiums which prohibit it).

• Though the immediate neighborhood around the stadium isn't the best, if you are a making a trip in from out of town, you'll have plenty of options in the greater Houston area to keep you entertained. Be sure to make an extended trip and check-out some of the best Houston has to offer like the Saint Arnolds Brewery, the Art Car Museum, Discovery Green, the Menil Collection, and tons of excellent restaurants with a massive variety of cuisines.

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Local Food & Drink

Frenchy’s Chicken  (map it!)

6102 Scott St

Houston, TX 77021

(713) 741-2700

http://www.frenchyschicken.com/

The Den  (map it!)

4835 Calhoun Rd

Houston, TX 77004

281-888-4299

http://theden.publishpath.com/

Pink's Pizza  (map it!)

4701 Calhoun Rd

Houston, TX 77004

832-831-3145

http://www.pinkspiza.com

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Hilton - University of Houston  (map it!)

4800 Calhoun Rd

Houston, TX 77004

(832) 531-6300

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-university-of-houston-HOUUHHF/index.html

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