NRG Park is a complex in Houston, Texas, USA, named after the energy company NRG Energy. It is located on Kirby Drive at the South Loop West Freeway and this complex of buildings encompasses 350 acres of land and consists of five venues, Carruth Plaza, NRG Stadium, NRG Center, NRG Arena and the Astrodome. The complex hosts many sporting events and conventions each year, the largest of which are the Houston Texans games, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the Grand Prix of Houston. The complex is served by the Reliant Park Station, a rail station on the Red Line of the METRORail light rail system. It includes one of the worlds largest parking lots and sees nearly 750 events yearly, until 2005, the lot served as a parking lot for Six Flags Astroworld, which has since closed. NRG Stadium hosted WrestleMania XXV on April 5,2009 with an attendance of 72,774. The stadium was the first NFL stadium with a retractable roof, the stadium can be configured to utilize a 125, 000-square-foot space for general session, catered functions, exhibits and much more.
In addition, NRG Stadium offers four massive concourse levels for special events, the design of the stadium roof provides a very flexible rigging configuration for major audio and visual presentations. The NRG Center is a center located among the sports venues in NRG Park. It opened in 2002 and hosts various events year-round, including portions of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and it runs over ¼ mile in length. Exclusive services include support from telephone and internet, electrical and beverage, security. Each meeting room has its own dedicated sound and networking capabilities, a 280, 000-square-foot marshalling area on-site with over 200,000 square feet of space for shuttle transportation. Along with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, NRG Center hosts some of the largest conventions, the NRG Arena, formerly known as the Astro Arena, is a 350, 000-square-foot sports center. It was completed in 1971 and located adjacent to the Astro Hall, the Arena has been the home of several different events, including the Houston Hotshots, Houstons former indoor soccer team and smaller wrestling events such as WCW Thunder.
With fixed seating in the arena for 5,800 and floor space encompassing approximately 25,000 square feet, Reliant Arena is ideal for general sessions. NRG Arenas pavilion provides 1,700 fixed seats and is surrounded by over 325,000 square feet of exhibit space divisible into four halls, NRG Arena includes over 18,000 square feet of meeting space. Some of the latest events to come through NRG Arena are the And 1 Mix Tape Tour, Hannah Montana, The Cheetah Girls, and Sesame Street Live. The Astrodome has been the home of other special events, including the Republican National Convention, the NBA All-Star Game
The NRG Astrodome, known as the Houston Astrodome or simply The Astrodome, is the worlds first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, located in Houston, Texas. Construction on the began in 1962, and it officially opened in 1965. Additionally, the Astrodome was the venue of the Houston Livestock Show. When opened, it was named the Harris County Domed Stadium and was nicknamed the Eighth Wonder of the World, while originally utilizing a natural grass playing surface, the Astrodome became the first major sports venue to feature artificial turf, which became known as AstroTurf. In another technological first, the Astrodome featured the Astrolite, which was the first animated scoreboard, the Astrodome received considerable renovations in 1988 that significantly expanded seating, and altered many original features. By the 1990s, the Astrodome was becoming obsolete, unable to secure a new stadium, Oilers owner Bud Adams moved the team to Tennessee after the 1996 season, where they eventually became the Tennessee Titans.
Although it no longer had any primary tenants, the venue regularly hosted events during the 2000s, the Astrodome was declared non-compliant with fire code by the Houston Fire Department in 2008 and parts of it were demolished in 2013 after several years of disuse. In 2014 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in 2017, the Texas Historical Commission designated the Astrodome a State Antiquities Landmark. Major League Baseball expanded to Houston in 1960 when the National League agreed to add two teams, the Houston Colt. 45s were to begin play in 1962, along with their expansion brethren New York Mets. Roy Hofheinz, a mayor of Houston, and his group were granted the franchise after they promised to build a covered stadium. It was thought a covered stadium was a must for a league team to be viable in Houston due to the areas subtropical climate. Game-time temperatures are usually above 97 °F in July and August, with high humidity, Hofheinz abandoned his interest in the worlds first air-conditioned shopping mall, The Galleria, and set his sights on bringing major league baseball to Houston.
The Astrodome was designed by architects Hermon Lloyd & W. B, and Wilson, Morris and Anderson. Structural engineering and structural design was performed by Walter P Moore Engineers and it was constructed by H. A. Lott, Inc. for Harris County, Texas. It stands 18 stories tall, covering 9.5 acres, the dome is 710 feet in diameter and the ceiling is 208 feet above the playing surface, which itself sits 25 feet below street level. The scoreboard, eventually known as the Astrolite, was designed by Fair Play Scoreboards of Des Moines, having designed the scoreboard for Dodger Stadium several years prior, team owner Roy Hofheinz was not impressed with the initial proposal for a much more generic type of scoreboard. Project designer Jack Foster teamed up with a creative professional based in Kansas City to create the first animated scoreboard and its reported cost was $2.1 million. The Dome was completed in November 1964, six ahead of schedule
METRORail Red Line
The Red Line is a 12. 8-mile METRORail light rail route operated by METRO in Houston, Texas. It is the oldest line in the METRORail system, and opened on January 1,2004, a 5. 3-mile northern extension to the first 7. 5-mile section of the line, originally scheduled to open in 2014, opened ahead of schedule on December 21,2013. Starting at the Fannin South station, through the Texas Medical Center, Museum District, the length of line south of Hogan Street is located on an elevated structure. Currently older metro rails from the old Fannin South to UH–Downtown line cannot reach the Red Line Extended portion of the line, construction began July 2009, and was expected to continue until the lines opening in 2014, though the opening date was pushed back to 2015. Because of better than expected progress, the line opened on December 21,2013. On December 8,2011, the FTA announced the award of a $450 million grant from the New Starts transit program to fund construction of the Red Line, the following is a list of stations for this line, listed in order from north to south.
Green Line Purple Line A possibility for expansion of the line would take the route to George Bush Intercontinental Airport, METRO Official Website METRO Solutions Go METRORail
Burnett Transit Center
The Burnett Transit Center is an elevated light rail station on the METRORail Red Line in Houston, United States. It was built as part of the North/Red Line Extension, and it has three tracks accessed by two island platforms, one for each direction. The center track is used by northbound trains short-turning to return southbound and these trains unload passengers onto the eastern platform, and load passengers from the western platform. The station features a 6 bay bus terminal and a Kiss, the station is located above the intersection of North Main Street and Burnett Street, which was once proposed for a multimodal transit hub prior to 2011. Ridemetro. org Ridemetro. org Upcoming rail, freeway openings just the beginning for both - Houston Chronicle, youTube - Houston Metro Rail - Red Line extension. On riding the North Line – Off the Kuff
The NRG Arena, is a 350,000 square feet sports center in NRG Park, in Houston, Texas, USA. It is one of the major arenas and convention centers. The main partition on the first floor is the Arena Proper, while dwarfed by the stadiums within the complex as well as other arenas in the city, it serves as a location for events that cannot fill such large arenas. In addition to the Arena Proper, there are four exhibit halls within the NRG Arena, the largest hall is Exhibit Hall D, boasting 100,000 square feet of space. The second is Exhibit Hall A, which has 75,000 square feet of space, Exhibit Halls B and C each have 50,000 square feet of floor space as well. The upper level maintains smaller meeting rooms and office space as well as the Stockmans Club, construction of the Astroarena was completed in 1974 adjacent to the Astrohall. Although the Astrohall was demolished in May 2002 to make way for a lot when NRG Stadium was being completed. Astroarena was renamed to Reliant Arena in 2000 when Reliant Energy bought the sponsorship of the facility, the Arena has since been utilized for several other events, including the National Catholic Youth Conference in 2003 and the peripheral events of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The Arena has been a stop for professional wrestling promotions, hosting multiple episodes of WCW Thunder. It hosted WCWs Fall Brawl pay per view in 1993, in July 2008, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling held its Victory Road 2008 pay-per-view event. After previously occupying the Compaq Center from 1998 to 2000, the PBR held a Bud Light Cup event in Reliant Arena in 2001, on July 16,2007 the arena played host to the first indoor stop on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour. Reliant Arena became the home of the Womens National Basketball Associations Houston Comets for what proved to be their final season,2008. On March 12,2014, the arena was renamed as the NRG Arena, after the sponsor, Arena details and floorplans More Reliant Arena details and floorplans
Northline Transit Center
Northline Transit Center/HCC is a station on METRORail Red Line in Houston, United States. It is the Northern Terminus of the Red Line and it services the Northline Transit Center, located on the west side of the street and the Houston Community College Northline Campus. All routes connect at the Northline Transit Center
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County is a major public transportation agency based in Houston, United States. It operates bus, light rail, bus transit. METRO operates bus service to two cities in Fort Bend County, the METRO headquarters are in the Lee P. Brown Administration Building in Downtown Houston. The Texas State Legislature authorized the creation of transit authorities in 1973. In 1978, Houston-area voters created METRO and approved a one-cent sales tax to support its operations, METRO opened for business in January 1979, taking over the bus service owned by the City of Houston known as HouTran. HouTran was plagued by outdated equipment, infrequent service, and a structure which failed to account for Houstons rapid population growth. METROs service area encompasses 1,285 square miles and portions of an eight-county region with its vanpool service. Tom Lambert is the current President and CEO of the agency, shirley DeLibero served as President and CEO of METRO from 1999 until 2004.
DeLibero was recruited to METRO by then-mayor Lee Brown, and was executive director of New Jersey Transit. Her tenure was marked by the introduction of the METRORail light rail transit system, Wilson arrived as the mayoral administration of Bill White replaced that of the term-limited Brown. In May 2010, Wilson signed a deal to terminate his employment as METRO president, George Greanias, a former city councilman and city controller, was named chief executive by the majority of the METRO board appointed by Mayor Annise Parker, even though he had no transit experience. Parker made the need for new leadership at METRO a key platform of her campaign, METRO has a very expansive, and heavily used bus system. Local bus service runs on city streets, stopping at every other corner along its entire route. METROs bus service is the most used bus system in Texas, METROs bus service includes the HOV/Park and Ride system. Park and Ride stations are placed alongside the freeways and used heavily during peak times, prior to the construction of METRORail, METRO consisted of the largest all-bus fleet in the United States, only because Houston was the largest major city devoid of any rail transit since 1990.
In 2015, the bus system was redesigned, eliminating low-ridership routes in favor of a high-frequency and this change was accomplished without any increase in operating costs. Local Most METRO buses typically operate on city streets, with the majority of routes serving several of Houstons major employment centers, the routes are grid-like crosstown routes that travel from one part of the city to another without entering downtown. Former bus routes that served prior to the opening of METRORail were rerouted to terminate at METRORail stations to eliminate duplicate service
The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The team competes in the National Football League as a club of the American Football Conference South division. The Texans first played in 2002 as a team, making them the youngest franchise in the NFL currently. The Texans replaced Houstons previous franchise, the Houston Oilers, which moved to Nashville, the teams majority owner is Bob McNair. While the team struggled in the 2000s, they clinched its first playoff berth during the 2011 season as AFC South division champions. The Texans have gone on to win more AFC South championships in 2012,2015, to date, the Texans are the only NFL franchise to have never played in a conference championship game. In 1996, an earlier, the Cleveland Browns had controversially relocated to become the Baltimore Ravens. As part of the settlement between the NFL, the city of Cleveland and the owned by Art Modell. In order to out the franchisees at 32, the league contemplated adding another expansion franchise.
In association with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they would push for a domed stadium as part of the bid to lure the NFL back to Houston, on October 6,1999 the NFL awarded the 32nd team to Houston, at the cost of $700 million. The Houston Texans joined the league at the 2002 NFL season, while the team struggled in early seasons, results began to improve once native Houstonian Gary Kubiak became the head coach in 2006. The Texans finished with a.500 season in both 2007 and 2008, and nearly qualified for the 2009–10 NFL playoffs with a 9–7 result in 2009. In 2010, the team started the season on a 4–2 record going into a Week 7 bye week, the Texans beat wild card Cincinnati Bengals 31–10 in the first round of the 2011–12 NFL playoffs, before a 20–13 defeat by the Ravens in the semifinals. The Texans surged as the team to beat in the AFC South in 2012, they lost three of their last four games to finish 12–4, beating the rival Indianapolis Colts in that four-game stretch allowed them to clinch their 2nd AFC South title.
The Texans beat the Bengals again in the round. The Texans started 2–0 in 2013 but went into a tailspin, Kubiak was fired as head coach after being swept by the rival Jacksonville Jaguars, who themselves started 0–8. Wade Phillips filled in as coach, but the Texans poor form did not change. The 14-game losing streak is the worst in franchise history, the Texans entered the 2014 season with a 14-game losing streak
METRORail is the 23. 8-mile light rail system in Houston, Texas. As of 2015, the METRORail has a weekday ridership of 60,600. After Dallas DART Light Rail, METRORail ranks as the second most-traveled light rail system in the Southern United States, METRORail is operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. This line was built after an approximately 20-year battle, starting in 1983 when Houston voters rejected a plan by referendum. A voter referendum in 1988 approved a 20-mile light rail plan, Bob Lanier was elected mayor in 1992, in 1991, U. S. Rep. Tom DeLay removed $65 million in federal funding for the rail line. Then, Houston drew up a plan with entirely local funding. Ground was broken on the original 7. 5-mile, 16-station portion of the line on March 13,2001, the opening of METRORail, which took place on January 1,2004, came 64 years after the previous streetcar system had been shut down. Houston was the largest city in the United States without a system after the 1990 opening of the Blue Line in Los Angeles.
Tom DeLay strongly opposed construction of the METRORail line and twice blocked federal funding for the system in the United States House of Representatives. Thus the Metrorail was built without any federal funding until November 2011 when a $900 million grant was approved for expansions, Klineberg considers these changes a paradigm shift or sea change on attitudes towards mass transit. Construction began on the 5. 3-mile and 9-station North/Red Line Extension from UH–Downtown to the Northline Transit Center Station in July 2009 and this extension opened on December 21,2013, increasing the line to its current total of 12.8 miles and 24 stations. The 6. 6-mile Purple Line, with 10 stations, both lines, together costing $1.3 billion, share a track segment in downtown, run east and diverge. The light rail line operates all 7 days of the week and it begins operations at 3,30 a. m. weekdays and 4,30 a. m. weekends and ends service at 12,30 a. m. Monday thru Thursday nights,2,45 a. m, friday and Saturday nights and,12,30 a. m.
Sunday nights. Scheduled train frequency varies from 6 minutes during the day to 20 minutes off-peak, the scheduled time for an end-to-end trip through the entire 12. 8-mile Red Line is on average 55 minutes. METRORail operations are controlled from Houston TranStar, a traffic and emergency management center for the city, one source claims that the trains have priority signalling at intersections. The Red Line is a 12. 8-mile double-tracked,4 ft 8 1⁄2 in standard gauge line with 24 stations approximately 1⁄2 mile apart, almost the entire route is at grade and on city streets. The original 2004 portion from Fannin South to UH-Downtown is entirely at ground-level, power supply is from 600/750 volts DC overhead wires, with nine substations
The NRG Center is a convention center in Houston, United States. It is part of the NRG Park complex that was constructed around the NRG Astrodome, the NRG Center hosts various events year-round, including portions of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, who maintains its offices on the second floor of the building. The grand opening of the facility was on April 12,2002, hermes Reed Architects was the architect for the facility. On March 12,2014, the Reliant Center was renamed to the NRG Center. The convention floor runs over 0.25 miles in length, while total building size is 1,532 feet long and 590 feet wide, with a total area of 1,400,000 square feet. The facility features over 706,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space. The 61 meeting rooms are configurable into over 100 variations, each meeting room has its own dedicated sound and networking capabilities. There are 118 loading bays, a 280, 000-square-foot marshalling area with over 200,000 square feet for shuttle transportation, along with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Reliant Center hosts some of the largest conventions and trade shows in Houston.
In 2005, the center hosted several thousand refugees from Hurricane Katrina when the Astrodome was declared full, from 2003, the Offshore Technology Conference is held at the NRG Center. The OTC is an event in the technology of offshore exploration and production of energy resources and associated environmental protection
Texas Medical Center
The Texas Medical Center, located in Houston, Texas, is the largest medical center in the world. It has one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, some member institutions are located outside of the city of Houston. More heart surgeries are performed in Texas Medical Center than anywhere else in the world with 13,600 heart surgeries annually, the TMC performs 1 surgery every 3 minutes. Over 25,000 babies are delivered each year, more than 1 baby every 20 minutes, the Texas Medical Center offers over 9,200 total patient beds. The Texas Medical Center receives an average of 3,300 patient visits a day and over eight million annual patient visits, the TMC has over 750,000 ER visitors each year. In 2011, the center employed over 106,000 people, including 20,000 physicians, researchers, the Texas Medical center has over 160,000 people visit each day. The Texas Medical Center is home to the largest childrens hospital in the world, adjacent to the Center are Rice University, Hermann Park, NRG Park, and the Museum District.
The Texas Medical Center was established in 1945 in part with funds endowed to the M. D. Anderson Foundation by businessman Monroe Dunaway Anderson, the funds first gift was a check of $1,000 to the Junior League Eye Fund for eyeglasses. In 1941, the Texas State Legislature granted funds to the University of Texas for the purpose of starting a research hospital. M. D. Anderson Foundation matched the states gift to the university by supplying funds and land on the conditions that the hospital be established in Houston and be named after its founder. President Roosevelt approved the purchase of 118 acres from the Hermann Estate in 1944 for the construction of a 1, the hospital, renamed the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, opened in 1946 and became a teaching facility for the Baylor College of Medicine. The M. D. Anderson Hospital for Cancer Research of the University of Texas began construction in 1953, Texas Childrens Hospital admitted its first patient in 1954. During the late 1950s, the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research opened, the University of Texas M. D.
Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston added the Gimbel Research Wing. Texas Womans University Nursing Program began instruction, in 1962, the Texas Heart Institute was chartered and became affiliated with Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center and Texas Childrens Hospital. Ben Taub General Hospital of the Harris Health System opened in 1963, the Proton Therapy Center, the largest facility in the United States where proton therapy is used to treat cancer, opened in July 2006. The Memorial Hermann Healthcare System constructed the six-floor,165, 000-square-foot Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute, recently completed is the 30-story Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, which is now the largest medical office building in the Texas Medical Center. At night, it is recognizable by its unique rainbow lantern, the new construction is part of the systems citywide Century Project initiative. Baylor College of Medicine opened The Baylor Clinic on June 29,2005, Texas Childrens Hospital announced the largest investment and program expansion ever by a single pediatric organization