Your Travel Guide to Houston, NRG Stadium and Super Bowl LI

By Victoria Barnett

Calling all football fans! If you’ve never been to Houston, now’s your chance to go and attend one of the biggest events of the year: the 2017 Super Bowl. Before you head that way, get to know the city of Houston a little bit! Keep reading to learn about NRG Stadium, where to eat and go in Houston, and other travel tips that will make your trip the experience of a lifetime.

About NRG Stadium

With a capacity of 72,220, NRG Stadium in Houston will host Super Bowl LI in 2017. Home of the Houston Texans and formerly known as Reliant Stadium, the stadium was the first in the NFL with a retractable roof. The field was originally made of natural grass, grown on eight-square-foot trays, which were transported in and out of the stadium. Prior to the 2015 season, the Texans replaced the grass with Astroturf. NRG Stadium previously hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers.

About NRG Stadium

About Houston, Texas

Houston is known for its iconic food dishes, local brew scene and great outdoors. With so many places to visit, it can be overwhelming to plan out your itinerary. Here are a few local favorites to check out!

Let’s start with food. What are you in the mood for?

American: Backstreet Café
Latin: Churrascos
Italian: Damian’s Cucina Italiana
Southern: Ouisie’s Table
Tex Mex: Original Ninfa’s on Navigation or Armandos
Bar-B-Q: Killen’s Barbecue
Burgers: Lankford Grocery & Market
Brazilian: Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
Pizza: Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca
Seafood: Bernadine’s
Dessert: The Chocolate Bar, House of Pies or Red Dessert Dive

Note: You can’t leave Houston without indulging in some Tex-Mex!

Quench your thirst at one of these home-grown breweries:

Saint Arnold Brewing
Southern Star Brewing Co.
Karbach Brewing Co.
No Label Brewing Co.
Buffalo Bayou Brewery
8th Wonder Brewery

Check out these places to visit:

Market Square Historic District
Buffalo Bayou Park
The Galleria
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Space Center Houston
Houston Zoo


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Travel Tips and Tricks

First and foremost, if you are traveling by air, you’ll want to fly into the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Once there, we recommend getting a rental car so you can enjoy all there is to see around Houston. The city does have an efficient metro rail and city buses, but a car is really the way to go. Some neighborhoods are easily walkable.

The weather in Houston is rather comfortable during the month of February, with the daily high temperatures ranging from 62°F to 71°F. The daily low temperatures range from 46°F to 55°F. Keep in mind, Houston is known for its record humidity year-round, making it feel much hotter than it actually is.  

If you plan on visiting the city’s attractions, pick up your CityPASS and save on Houston’s must-sees!

Where to Stay

There are plenty of hotels to stay at in Houston, but we recently broke down the best ones (which we offer with our packages, by the way!). Read this article to learn more about where to stay in Houston.

Hotel indigo

Attending Super Bowl LI

Come February, Houston will be the place to be as football fans pack into NRG Stadium for Super Bowl LI. What’s really exciting about next year is the brand new program offering through HOF Experiences.

Not only can you get some of the best seats in the house, but you will also enjoy a pregame hospitality experience complete with gourmet food, premium open bar, Pro Football Hall of Famer appearances, live entertainment and more. Pair this with hotel accommodations and transportation and you will be all set!

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