Houston Texans Tailgating

Pack the RV for a road trip adventure and take part in a Houston Texans Tailgating party. Then, it’s game-on for exciting action on the field.

Event information

NRG Park is home to some of the best football games on the circuit. Whether it’s the Bulls, Ravens, Chiefs, or another NFL team, the opponent who lands in this stadium is up for a challenge. TORO, the Texans’ mascot is ready to entertain and make the game an unforgetaBULL event. Come cheer on the head-to-head action in Houston.

But first, the Houston Texans Tailgating event is the place to start your day. It has been said that NRG Stadium “provides the finest tailgating experience in the NFL.” Come see for yourself. To make it the best party ever, claim a spot to set up your space to practice your gameday cheers.

Plan your menu well before you head to the field, and be sure to include your favorite recipes. Bring along games like corn hole and pack a football for tossing back and forth. Then, head to your seat for kickoff.

Plan activities in the city for once gameday is done. The Health Museum offers unique interactive experiences, and the downtown aquarium has fun rides, shopping, and aquatic exhibitions. Don’t miss Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center, the perfect place for birding, fishing, and trekking.

Tickets

Tickets to a Houstons Texans game change in price depending on who the opposing team is. Tickets can average from $40 to $400, and if you choose a pass with a prepared tailgate package, prices will vary per amount of people in the group. You have the option of tailgating on your own in the parking lot as well.

Transportation

Driving

You may I-610 as you come into the heart of the action, or you may drive along this loop that surrounds Houston as you approach the Texans Stadium. The NRG Park website has detailed information on how to approach this part of the city. Read the driving directions section of the site for particulars on how to get there. Over 26,000 seats await, so check drivetexas.org to be aware of road and traffic conditions as you make your way to the stadium.

Parking areas

Multiple parking lots are ready for vehicles at the NRG stadium, and tailgating is allowed in each one. Lots open four hours before the game begins, allowing the tailgate fun to take place. Plan on purchasing two spots in advance for your RV as required if you plan to tailgate. Systematic parking is the rule, so if you want to park with friends, arrive together. Designated spots for RVs are found in each lot, as are spaces for ADA patrons.

Public Transportation

The METRORail, operated by Houston Metro, is a smart and stress-free mode of transportation for attending a Houston Texans game. As well, there are specific drop off lots for rideshare companies to use. Cycling there is another choice. Several bike racks are in place for safe storage of your bicycle.

Where to stay

Onsite

You cannot camp at NRG Stadium. Look to areas surrounding the city if you want to stay close, or venture further out and explore this beautiful state. Don’t go home without visiting the NASA Space Center Houston or the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum. Choose a campsite within an easy driving distance and make day trips to and from the highlights you’ve listed as must-see activities while in Texas.

Nearby

Several RV parks offering birdwatching, hiking, playgrounds, and pools are at your disposal. If you like to be in the heart of the action with amenities galore, choose a private campground near the city. Do you have a quiet holiday in mind with a site under a canopy of trees? Claiming a spot at a state park may be the answer.

Stephen F. Austin State Park has sewer, water, and 30 amp electrical hookups along with five miles of trails to hike. Add a bit of history to your visit and include the San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site as part of your stay. Take the chance while in the area to learn about early settlers to Texas. Lake Livingston State Park is described as a lakeside retreat. Plan to try geocaching while camping there.

Getting around

Wear sturdy and comfy shoes to the Houston Texans Tailgating event. You may spend a lot of time on your feet practicing your cheers and tossing a football to and fro, and then you will be making your way to your seat. This could be a fair distance from your vehicle. Scooters, golf carts, and bicycles cannot be used as transportation in the tailgating areas, nor in the stadium.

What to pack

Clothing

Dress casually, with your favorite team jersey as your top layer paired with shorts. The sun can get hot during the day, so be sure to have a t-shirt based on team colors underneath. A hat is a necessity to protect your face, ears, and neck from the unforgiving sun.

Gear

Your full gear package will depend on how you plan to enjoy a meal at your tailgate. Are you planning to barbeque? Doing so is permitted, but you must have a fully charged fire extinguisher on board and easily accessible. You can use a generator to power up your party and have the fuel stowed away safely. Pack the gear needed for a true tailgating picnic, with plates, utensils, cups, and clean-up items at the ready.

Health & Safety

If bringing a barbecue to the tailgate lot, remember you are responsible for the safety of others around it. Keep an eye out for children running by and ensure the barbecue is not within reach. Keep your tailgate area clean and free of trash, being careful not to dispose of your garbage in the ash cans by mistake.

Where to eat

Cooking

With both propane and charcoal barbecues allowed at Houston Texans tailgating events, you have a wide range of options for your meal. Pre-plan and prepare ahead of time so that you can enjoy the experience. Easy-cook food like hotdogs, burgers, prepped ribs, salads, potato chips, and veggie platters are hits to sate the appetite before the play by play begins.

Restaurants

Chicken and waffles, fish tacos, and slow-cooked brisket are just three of the tastes you will find in this foodie town. Plan to dine out a few nights while in the area so that you can enjoy some of the top eateries in Texas. After dinner, choose a slice of pie in almost any flavor before heading back to your oasis on wheels.

Vendors

A neat feature of the concession stands at NRG Stadium is that a portion of the money earned is rewarded to the non-profit organizations who staff the booth. The Bud Light Lounge and the Cantina are spots to stop by on game day for music and a cold beverage. Check out the Texans Team Shop or any one of the 20 merchandise stands for apparel and novelty items like a hat featuring horns as a salute to TORO, the mascot.

Safety

Security

Parking attendants and the local police will keep things moving smoothly as vehicles make their way into the lots for tailgating. Have your tailgating hangtag visible to security, and remember that RVs must purchase two spots. A clear bag policy is in place, and screening of your bag is to be expected. Put your binoculars and phone directly into the bag to allow for a smooth and efficient security line as fans enter the stadium. The gates will open two hours before kickoff. If you leave the game, there is a no re-entry policy.

Weather

You are allowed to bring a blanket into the stadium if the weather is cold. Carry it over your shoulder so that it can be quickly screened. Pack a sweater in your favorite team’s colors, too. The roof of NRG Stadium is retractable, and there are policies followed as to the decision if it is open or closed.

Medical

Certified EMS staff members are on hand at the stadium for all games. Inside the stadium, you will find first-aid stations on every level. Have a first-aid kit of your own in your RV with your tailgating gear. Before leaving home, stock it with band-aids, peroxide, gauze, scissors, and tape.