Texans Change Parking Rules: You Will Need a Game Ticket to Tailgate

Something odd happened in Houston this week: non-on-the-field news made more press and backlash than real football news.  Nope, it wasn’t the news about the Dallas win over Houston, Andre Johnson’s re-aggravated ankle injury, Aaron Schobel and the Texans’ fallout, Karl Paymah’s signing, or Dominique Barber and Troy Nolan’s crack at the free safety position; rather it was the Texans’ change in parking rules brought fans upon fans to speak up.

The Houston Texans announced their new parking rules Thursday: in order to tailgate at Reliant’s parking lots you will need a game ticket.  Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase $10 tailgate passes for friends or family, but only 2,000 are reserved.  Additionally, the days of buying a parking pass without a game ticket at StubHub just to tailgate at Reliant Stadium are over.

The policy behind the new rules are to preserve space and avoid any further parking delay problems from overcrowding due to tailgating.  Although the Texans didn’t attribute fan safety, Texans fans lit up the radios talking about the drunk, abusive and immature Texans tailgaters. In my opinion, our fans have become too cocky for two straight wins in 2010.  From my experience at the games this year, the parking has been horrible.  Tailgaters have extended their space beyond what’s reasonable by using chairs and just to stretch room next to their vehicles and grills.  They have also become obnoxious and quick-to-retaliate.  It didn’t hurt with the Colts and Cowboys, huge rivals of the Texans, to be the first opponents at home.  But in all, the Texans are making the move to clear up parking problems.  The Texans president Jamey Roots said:

“The excitement and enthusiasm surrounding our team is at an all-time high and as it continues to build, we want to ensure that our game attendees continue to have an exceptional experience before, during and after Houston Texans home games.  The tens of thousands of non-ticketed visitors that have occupied the stadium grounds on recent game days have created significant challenges for our traffic, parking and facility management operations. We feel this new policy is a necessary step in our efforts to provide our game attendees with the fun, festive and friendly game day experience that they have come to expect from us.”



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One Response to “Texans Change Parking Rules: You Will Need a Game Ticket to Tailgate”

  1. Boris Clark says:

    I hope this will be work efficaciously for traffic management officials.

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