NRG Stadium
Yes, There Is Affordable Football In Texas


NRG Stadium, formerly known as Reliant Stadium, is home to the Houston Texans.


How to save money at NRG Stadium


But unlike the other team from Texas, the average prices for a day at the Texans stadium are just that - average.

  Avg. Ticket Avg. Premium Ticket Beer Soft Drink Hot Dog Parking FCI
Houston Texans $94.73 $310.14 $5.00 $4.75 $5.75 $35 $505.92
NFL Average $92.98 $277.29 $7.38 $4.86 $5.19 $32.58 $502.84
Data from 2016 Team Marketing Report


No, they’re not “America’s Team”, but they still play in the tenth-largest media market in the U.S. and have posted a plus record in 4 of the last 5 seasons, winning the AFC South Division title in 3 of those years.

So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that, while face value prices for tickets for Texans home games were around league average…

The average cost on the secondary ticket market before the start of the 2016 season was $28 (17%) higher than the norm.
(Data source: SeatGeek)


You didn’t really think it would be that easy, did you? After all, this is 2017, and this is the NFL. But you can save yourself some cash if you know where to look…


NRG Stadium bargains

The cheap seats.  Newsflash: the cheap seats are cheaper. And Mariah Carey needs miming lessons. But in the case of the Texans stadium, they’re really cheap.

For most successful teams, the average cheap seat price is normally 60%-70% of the average overall price of tickets on the secondary market for that team. For the Texans though that’s hardly the case, at least for the past two seasons. While the average cheap seat cost for their last two home openers was $132.86 (70%) & $141.57 (71%), respectively, the Houston Texans ticket prices for the following two home games each year was a different story, however. In 2015, that figure was $87 (47%).

The 2016 season? The average cheapie for the week 2 game vs. the Chiefs went for $62 (53%), and the week 4 contest was $64 (41%).

Sidebar:  The cheap seat designation refers to the lowest price available per seat for a particular game at a particular time (minimum purchase of two, standing room only excluded).
The sample size is way too small to draw any conclusions, and besides, NFL ticket prices are impossible to predict. But this is something that you may want think about when next season rolls around.

More on NFL ticket prices.


The stadium food.  Most stadium food is well, stadium food, and it’s usually anything but cheap. But not only has the fare at NRG Stadium has gotten good reviews (#5 on Esquire.com in 2010, “A” grade from Bleacher Report in 2012), the prices are reasonable as well. Take the brisket sandwich at Killen’s BBQ, for instance. At 8 bucks, it’s half the cost of the Lobel’s prime rib sandwich at MetLife Stadium.

Then there’s the “value items” that most NFL stadiums don’t offer…

  • 12-oz. Dasani water ($2)
  • Regular draft beer ($5)
  • Coca-Cola combos (Coke and nachos or hot dog for $5)
  • Chicken tenders/chicken wings basket ($10)
…at prices that make them bargains.


Lucky’s Pub.  Lots of big TV screens, $8.95 Pulled Pork Sandwiches & Fish Tacos, free parking and shuttle ride to NRG Stadium makes this place an absolute must for those on a budget.


Parking.  The face value cost of an NRG Stadium parking pass ($35) is less than half that for AT&T Stadium, but that doesn’t mean you should grab one at the first opportunity. Besides, you can easily pay double that amount if you buy from an online ticket broker. If you’re not dead set on tailgating in the shadow of the stadium, there are much, much cheaper options:



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