Celebrate the return of Bowl Season to NRG Stadium! The Kansas State Wildcats and the LSU Tigers are set to play against each other in the 2021 TaxAct Texas Bowl on Houston's biggest stage on Tuesday, January 4th at 8:00 PM CT. There's no better way to start your year off right than with the electric atmosphere of Bowl Season with your fellow fans. Don't wait! Snag your seats today to start your 2022 off with that unforgettable postseason energy! Read on for your Texas Bowl must-do itinerary.

Events & Activities 


Start Bowl Week off right with a fun rodeo-themed night with a live DJ, petting zoo, face painting and watch student athletes from the K-State and LSU Football teams compete in rodeo-themed events! NRG Arena doors open at 4:45 PM and Rodeo Bowl opens at 5:00 PM. Continue the fun and listen to some Texas country music from Kyle Park featuring Jon Stork on the Goode Company Stage!

Ticket information:  $14.99 for General Admission and (Free for kids under 12). Concert is free with your ticket to Rodeo Bowl. Parking onsite is available at the Blue Lot outside of NRG Arena for $20.


The Karbach Kickoff Concert is the official kickoff event to Bowl Week! Head to The Rustic in Downtown Houston for tasty food, fun giveaways, merchandise and live music from Texas Country star Mike Ryan. Doors open at 8:00 PM and the concert starts at 9:00 PM.

Ticket information: Free, first come first serve seating at The Rustic Houston-Downtown. Link to RSVP. Parking is limited and ride sharing is recommended.


Arrive early for the official pregame party for the TaxAct Texas Bowl! Fans can enjoy food, drinks, giveaways and ‘Texas-sized’ entertainment at this free Love Street TexFest before the big game.

Ticket information: FREE with your TaxAct Texas Bowl ticket. Located on the south side of the stadium between the Amegy Bank Gate and Ford Gate.

PREGAME SPIRIT WALK - Tuesday, January 4

Ready to cheer on your team? Line up at the Spirit Walk and cheer on your team as they enter NRG Stadium! Share this great pregame tradition with fellow fans and give your team that homefield advantage feeling. 

Ticket information: FREE with your TaxAct Texas Bowl ticket.

TAILGATING - Tuesday, January 4

Tailgate the Texas way! Houston welcomes fans to show their big school spirit for a chance to win H-E-B’s Tailgater of The Game. Judges will be roaming the NRG Stadium parking lots for the best tailgate setup that include Team Spirit, Food (H-E-B Items!), Originality and Hospitality. The winning tailgate will win an H-E-B gift card and will be recognized during the big game!

Ticket information: FREE with your TaxAct Texas Bowl ticket. The parking lots open four hours before kick-off (Platinum lot opens five hours before kick-off). View Tailgating Policy & Rules.


What is a ‘must’ during game day? Food! Houston has plenty of restaurants for you and your group to choose from. Fans can bet that they’ll find anything from BBQ to Tex-Mex near the NRG Stadium. We recommend local favorites like Pappasito’s Cantina, JOEY Uptown and Moxie’s Grill & Bar among others!

View our list of restaurants near NRG & Galleria Area

Hotel Deals

HILTON AMERICAS-HOUSTON (Downtown) - Kansas State Headquarter Hotel 

The 1,207-room Hilton Americas-Houston, a 24-story state-of-the-art convention hotel, is connected via two skybridges to the George R. Brown Convention Center. Members of Hilton honors program can check in with ease using a state-of-the-art digital key check-in, which allows guests to access their room via their smartphones. Located across the street from Discovery Green park, next door to Toyota Center and two blocks from Minute Maid Park, this hotel is a great pick!

Rates from: $168.00 

THE WESTIN GALLERIA HOUSTON (Galleria Area) - LSU Headquarter Hotel

An iconic landmark, the recently reinvented Westin Galleria Houston possesses a cosmopolitan vibe, striking design, and modern sophistication – a destination for leisure and business travelers seeking to create their own Galleria story. Overlooking Uptown Houston and attached to The Galleria mall, the fourth-largest shopping center in North America with over 400 stores, this luxury property is a true destination that provides easy access to everything the city has to offer. Guests can enjoy complimentary covered self-parking with on-site shopping and dining destinations.

Rates From: $233.10


The hotel in the exclusive Galleria area features spacious suites and deluxe rooms. The suites all boast a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining area and a separate bedroom. Bedrooms feature Sweet Dreams Deluxe Bedding and 32” televisions with adjacent bathrooms. Other amenities include in-room coffee maker, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, full-length mirror and LodgeNet movies/games/cable television with HBO, CNN, and ESPN to provide in-room entertainment.

Rates From: $134.30


Discover a luxurious oasis at the Omni Houston Hotel. Situated on impeccably manicured grounds, the Houston Galleria area hotel features the finest in Houston accommodations with 378 spacious guest rooms, including 33 luxury suites, all with sensational views of the city or pool area. You are just 10 minutes by car from the central business district and 35 minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Rates From: $163.20
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For more details and information about the TaxAct Texas Bowl, visit www.taxacttexasbowl.com.


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