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Sports fever is rising in Houston this year as the city gets ready to host the NCAA Final Four Tournament in early April, three Copa America soccer matches this summer, and the Super Bowl in 2017. It’s a great time to be a sports fan in the Bayou City, and for sports fans getting married, Houston has a few sporting venues that can host your special day.
Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park’s Union Station Lobby, a beautiful space that maintains the original architecture of a 1911 train station, is a popular space for weddings at the park, which hosts at least 5 to 6 weddings per year. “Generally, they’re pretty big Astros fans,” said Caleb Ambrose, a special events sales representative, of the couples that choose the park as their wedding venue. “Most of the time that’s the reason, but Union Stations is a pretty unique space so it doesn’t have to be.”
Other available spaces include the Rooftop of Union Station, which offers views of the Houston skyline. Keep in mind that it’s not climate controlled so it may not be ideal with Houston’s weather. And there’s always the field. Yes, some couples have held their weddings on home plate. Couples must use the park’s catering vendor but can select their won for things such as decor, music and flowers.
Soccer fans: Make a statement about your undying love for the sport and the Houston Dynamo by holding your reception at PNC Stadium downtown. The stadium has several spaces that can host your wedding reception. The West Club is a loungey room that can seat up to 120 people for an event and has views of the field from its outdoor terrace. The stadium also has a beautiful, partially covered deck that overlooks the field and can serve as a good locale for a wedding reception depending on the time of year. Catering is provided in house.
Golf Club Houston
As the home of the Shell Houston Open, a PGA Tour event and Houston’s most prestigious golf tournament, Golf Club Houston is an alternative to large stadiums. Host your reception in the club’s warm and elegant reception room, featuring 20-foot-ceilings, wrought iron chandeliers and a stone fireplace. It also offers views of the golf course and a wrap-around terrace where couples can hold their ceremony. Executive chef Moses Cruz is in charge of catering and while the club has a list of recommended vendors, couples are welcome to use their own. Another plus? You’ll be working one-on-one with an events services planner to ease your pre-wedding stress.