By John Egan
Houston's NRG Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and is set to host Super Bowl LI in 2017. So if NRG Stadium is well-equipped to handle the Super Bowl, then it's certainly well-equipped to handle any number of events - as are Houston's three other major league sports venues.
NRG Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, Minute Maid Park and the Toyota Center can ably accommodate gatherings big and small. NRG Stadium and Minute Maid Park boast retractable roofs, allowing for activities rain or shine.
"Houston ... is the only city in the world with two major stadiums that have ceilings capable of opening and closing at the push of a button," according to the Houston Chronicle.
Here's a look at the four venues:
NRG Stadium, built in 2000, encompasses 1.9 million square feet. It's the home of the NFL's Houston Texans. The venue hosted the 2011 NCAA Final Four and will host the 2016 NCAA Final Four.
NRG Stadium can be configured into 125,000 square feet for general sessions, catered functions, exhibits, concerts and other gatherings. Concourses, terraces, lounges, suites and clubs provide an array of options for events.
NRG Stadium anchors NRG Park, one of North America's largest event complexes. The other venues are:
● NRG Center, which offers more than 706,000 square feet across 11 halls.
● NRG Arena, with four halls totaling 325,000 square feet for exhibits and 18,000 square feet for meetings.
● NRG Astrodome, with 140,000 square feet of column-free space for exhibits.
NRG Park, covering more than 350 acres, hosts about 500 events a year, such as the Offshore Technology Conference, the International Gem & Jewelry Show and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
BBVA Compass Stadium
BBVA Compass Stadium, built in 2011, comprises 340,000 square feet. Amenities include a 5,000-square-foot stage; the 5,000-square-foot West Club, which seats 108 to 120 guests; and the Heineken Terrace Party Deck, which offers space for 150 to 300 guests. The stadium is home to Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo.
Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park, built in 1997, features more than 1.2 million square feet. The ballpark seats 40,963, with 9,392 field boxes for games featuring Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. Minute Maid Park hosted the league's All-Star Game in 2004.
The Toyota Center, built in 2001, features 750,000 square feet of meeting space. The center, home to the NBA's Houston Rockets, hosted the NBA All-Star Game in 2006 and 2013.
Learn more about the evolving Houston Convention District at visithouston.com/meetings.