What You Need To Know Before Going To A Houston Texans Game

Written By Tyler Andrews on August 25, 2022 - Last Updated on September 7, 2022

Texans fans are looking for a fresh start in 2022. Fresh talent from the NFL Draft and a new head coach in Lovie Smith has fans excited. A Texas experience awaits Houston Texans fans at NRG Stadium this season.

Five wins by the Houston Texans might be a long shot for this team in 2022. Fans should expect three or four, but either way, real fans are not going anywhere. If you haven’t been to a Texans game before, you should. The experience – before, during and after the game – is quintessentially Texas.

A chance to lay down a bet on the Texans would enhance the fan experience at NRG, but don’t hold your breath. Texas sports betting remains illegal, and it won’t be legalized until the Texas legislature does so.

Fans making their way to NRG Stadium this season should keep a few things in mind to maximize their game-day experience. 

Getting to NRG Stadium and settling in

Out-of-town fans flying in have two airport options in Houston. The George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the busiest, and most airlines fly there. From the airport, the drive is roughly 30 miles or about 40 minutes. The William P. Hobby Airport is closer (about 20 minutes), but fewer airlines come through. Southwest is your best bet if flying into Hobby.

Finding a place to stay on any budget is no problem at all. If you’d like to stay close to the stadium and can pay between $150-$200 a night, three good options are:

  • The Wyndham Houston near NRG 
  • The Wingate Houston near NRG
  • The Comfort Inn and Suites

If you want to explore Houston before or after the game, the NASA Space Center should be at the top of your list. For something entirely different, Buffalo Bayou Park gives visitors a first-hand encounter of the bayou. Rent a kayak and go explore!

The best seats at Houston Texans games

It’s not always the case that field-level tickets are the best for an NFL game. Some of the best seats in the house are in the Loge section (the 500s) on the rail. The first row is actually Row G, not Row A. A face-value ticket in this area runs about $125, but StubHub usually has them for a little cheaper.

If you’ve got more money to spend, the mezzanine might house the best non-suite seats in the stadium. The chairs are bigger, the section is elevated enough to allow you to take in the whole game, and you have access to shorter food and beverage lines. 

Houston Texans 2022 Home Schedule

DateDayTime (CDT)Opponent
Sept. 11SundayNoonIndianapolis Colts
Oct. 2SundayNoonLos Angeles Chargers
Oct. 30Sunday3 p.m.Tennessee Titans
Nov. 3Thursday7:15 p.m.Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 20SundayNoonWashington Commanders
Dec. 4SundayNoonCleveland Browns
Dec. 18SundayNoonKansas City Chiefs
Jan. 1SundayNoonJacksonville Jaguars

The Texans have a promotion for you

The Texans are big on promotions, contests, and overall fan engagement. Every home game is themed. Game 1 is a whiteout. Many promos allow fans the opportunities to get down on the field with the team. One, Ride Out with Toro, will get you on Toro’s Ford F-150 as he leads the team onto the field. 

There are also promos for fans looking to represent their Texan pride. Right now, you can get a $50 rebate at myplates.com if you order a Texans license plateMore promos can be found on the Texans website.

NRG Stadium parking is paperless, so get the app

For 2022, all Houston Texans parking passes (except platinum passes) will be paperless. The mobile ticketing app is what you’ll use to present both game and parking tickets. Parking prices range from $27 to $150 for official lots. 

There are off-site lots for closer to $20 that will leave you with a 20-minute walk to the stadium. The Spothero app will allow you to secure parking in advance for Texans games. It’s a good option if you don’t want to stress, and prices are not too bad.

RV parking works a little differently at NRG. There are designated RV spaces in each lot. RV drivers will need to pre-purchase at least two regular parking passes. It could be more depending on how big their RV is. 

Parking tickets can be purchased on game day at both the Yellow and Maroon lots for $40. No cash will be accepted for parking purchases.

NRG Stadium tailgating is wide open

Many NFL stadiums limit tailgating by sectioning off the parking lots where people can tailgate. Not at NRG Stadium. You can tailgate in every lot. 

The NRG Stadium parking map is broken into lots based on color. The Blue lot is where you’ll find most of the big, sponsored tailgate setups. The other lots are smaller and have different vibes. Seasoned Texan tailgaters will tell you to bring a roller cooler and comfortable shoes. You’ll want to explore your options and the parking areas are expansive

One of the rules for tailgating is that nobody can charge admission to their tailgate. That, however, is not strictly enforced. There is a healthy barter system at NRG tailgates, and it’s always good to bring some extra beer, a bottle of something, or some food to share. People are very friendly and won’t demand anything, but sharing will get you a long way.

Here are a few key guidelines:

  • Parking is first come, first serve, and there are no saving spots. 
  • If you’ve got a big tailgate set up, you can buy two parking spots
  • If you’re grilling, security often does fire extinguisher checks. So bring one. 
  • The parking lot opens four hours before kickoff
  • There are ADA-compliant spaces, but they can’t be set up for tailgating

Final thoughts on taking in a Texans game

  • Get the mobile app and expect paperless payments everywhere
  • Plan to wait about 30 minutes to get into the stadium; security checkpoints are slow
  • The NRG complex is huge! Give yourself time to explore before and after the game
  • The metro (bus or train) can help you avoid traffic and the parking hassle altogether
  • Get loud when the Texans are on defense!
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