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texanfan2002114
09-26-2008, 05:53 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3611272

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans will play their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts Oct. 5 in hurricane-damaged Reliant Stadium with the roof open.

The stadium's retractable roof lost five pieces in Hurricane Ike and officials said large pieces of debris had fallen into the stadium during the storm. The roof won't be fixed in time for the game against Indianapolis, but insurance adjusters and architects said it is structurally sound to host the game with the roof open.

Officials expect that all eight of Houston's home games this season will be played with the roof open.

"We are pleased with this positive outcome for our fans, our organization and our community," Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "We were determined to play this game and the balance of our 2008 home schedule at Reliant Stadium. Our fans give us a tremendous home-field advantage and we look forward to welcoming them back for our home opener."

Houston's Oct. 5 home opener will be the latest an NFL team has had its first home game since Detroit, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh had theirs on the weekend of Oct. 7-8, 2001. Those games were delayed because of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The Texans were supposed to host Baltimore on the weekend Ike hit, but that game was postponed until Nov. 9. Houston's game with Cincinnati was scheduled that day, but the Bengals game was moved to Houston's scheduled bye week of Oct. 26 to accommodate moving the Ravens game.

Houston will now play a home game each Sunday in October. The Texans are 0-2 this season and travel to Jacksonville on Sunday. They've won four straight at Reliant, dating to Nov. 18.

texanmojo
09-26-2008, 06:00 PM
Sweeeeet! Now...if they could only open some of the windows on the concourse.

Pray for cooler weather bullpen!

Ryan
09-26-2008, 06:04 PM
For those of us who have been wanting more open roof games, now is our chance! :fans:

YellerLotYeller
09-26-2008, 06:32 PM
Sweet....I've been dying to watch some football in the snow!!!

CloakNNNdagger
09-26-2008, 06:35 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3611272

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans will play their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts Oct. 5 in hurricane-damaged Reliant Stadium with the roof open.

The stadium's retractable roof lost five pieces in Hurricane Ike and officials said large pieces of debris had fallen into the stadium during the storm. The roof won't be fixed in time for the game against Indianapolis, but insurance adjusters and architects said it is structurally sound to host the game with the roof open.

Officials expect that all eight of Houston's home games this season will be played with the roof open.

"We are pleased with this positive outcome for our fans, our organization and our community," Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "We were determined to play this game and the balance of our 2008 home schedule at Reliant Stadium. Our fans give us a tremendous home-field advantage and we look forward to welcoming them back for our home opener."

Houston's Oct. 5 home opener will be the latest an NFL team has had its first home game since Detroit, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh had theirs on the weekend of Oct. 7-8, 2001. Those games were delayed because of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The Texans were supposed to host Baltimore on the weekend Ike hit, but that game was postponed until Nov. 9. Houston's game with Cincinnati was scheduled that day, but the Bengals game was moved to Houston's scheduled bye week of Oct. 26 to accommodate moving the Ravens game.

Houston will now play a home game each Sunday in October. The Texans are 0-2 this season and travel to Jacksonville on Sunday. They've won four straight at Reliant, dating to Nov. 18.


What I find interesting is that after the hurricane, the Texans FO stated that the stadium was never meant to be an open air stadium. This is in direct contradiction to what was said when it was first being built. But when you look at the structure itself, being built so deep and vertical, as we have found out it has iquite poor airflow in combination with unbearable temperatures on hot days (http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/ReliantStadiumRoofPolicy.asp)when the roof is open. We were made to believe that the decision to close the roof for rain was a decision was for fan comfort/safety. The question of drainage was never brought up until recently when the roof was torn up. NFL rules allow the home team to make a decision about whether to open the roof 90 minutes before kickoff. It must remain open through the entire game unless the officials decide to close it for safety reasons. A nonlightning rain downpour does not entail a safety issue. Now we find out that the stadium cannot sustain simple sustained rain, because proper drainage is not available. And now after Ike we will all of a sudden be unconcerned with this problem. I had always enjoyed an open air stadium growing up with Arrowhead Stadium in KC. But the stadium was flared out to afford good circulation and minimized reflected/concentrated heat. It will be interesting to see how the average fan fares if October maintains a hot humid state, especially at "High Noon." Those red towels get awfully heavy for waving when their soaked with sweat.:thud:

brakos82
09-26-2008, 07:05 PM
Sweet....I've been dying to watch some football in the snow!!!

*start Houston's panic sequence* :panic:

False Start
09-26-2008, 07:08 PM
Well, it looks like my daughter's first Texans game will be open roof. Her first Astros game was open roof as well. Good times. :jam:

Buffi2
09-26-2008, 07:16 PM
Panic Not!

If you can believe a forecast that is 10 days away.....

High 85, Humidity 65%, Partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain, winds about 9mph.

Now folks, that is do-able - not great - but not 110 in the shade either.

We are Texan fans! We do can do this! Let's just hope we don't have a heat wave or a deluge.

Speedy
09-26-2008, 07:17 PM
Now we find out that the stadium cannot sustain simple sustained rain, because proper drainage is not available.

I know that's the rumor floating around, but I seem to recall a high ranking FO type saying that this is not true and that Reliant DOES have proper draining.

Errant Hothy
09-26-2008, 07:25 PM
I find it hard to believe that the city of Houston would allow Reliant to be built without proper drainage. Building permits for something the size of a football stadium are some of the most scrutinized documents that get processed by any city.

Stemp
09-26-2008, 08:06 PM
I find it hard to believe that the city of Houston would allow Reliant to be built without proper drainage. Building permits for something the size of a football stadium are some of the most scrutinized documents that get processed by any city.

Well, if they expected to have the ability to close the roof during a rainstorm, then why would they build drainage to handle rainstorms for the field? If the roof hadn't been torn off, it wouldn't be an issue.

That said, I wish they would just keep the roof closed till October then leave it open from then on.

Errant Hothy
09-26-2008, 08:10 PM
Well, if they expected to have the ability to close the roof during a rainstorm, then why would they build drainage to handle rainstorms for the field? If the roof hadn't been torn off, it wouldn't be an issue.

That said, I wish they would just keep the roof closed till October then leave it open from then on.

Because since the field sits below street level it is is danger of flooding when the streets around the stadium flood. The Astrodome was flooded out once in this manner. MMP has drainage why wouldn't Reliant?

CloakNNNdagger
09-26-2008, 10:20 PM
Because since the field sits below street level it is is danger of flooding when the streets around the stadium flood. The Astrodome was flooded out once in this manner. MMP has drainage why wouldn't Reliant?

A ground liner was originally built beneath the stadium playing surface. Because of the short construction deadline, it required much more piecmealing (seaming) than originally planned. The concrete floor was beveled down towards the perimeter where passive drainage ports were located. This was in anticipation of watering the grass and limited volume of weather related water. However, there was inadequate active hydraulic/pneumatic-assisted pump drainage necessary for heavy downfall.

Vinnie
09-26-2008, 10:53 PM
http://ballhype.com/video/asdfa_1/

Apparently Heinz field doesn't drain well either, maybe we're making too much of this. I've heard fans for years (at least the last few) complain about the lack of open air games, well here you are soak it in.

Norg
09-26-2008, 11:36 PM
they usually always have the roof open anywayz

gwallaia
09-27-2008, 12:13 AM
they usually always have the roof open anywayz

It is almost always closed on game days.

btw, I sit on the shady side

awtysst
09-27-2008, 12:49 AM
http://ballhype.com/video/asdfa_1/

Apparently Heinz field doesn't drain well either, maybe we're making too much of this. I've heard fans for years (at least the last few) complain about the lack of open air games, well here you are soak it in.
I :tiphat: for your pun sir!

sakebomb
09-27-2008, 07:58 AM
The stadium is still quite warm inside even when it is 60-65 outside.....especially if the sun is beating down on you.

Sitting directly in the sun with no breeze will be hot. Not Steelers hot from a few years ago but it will not be comfortable.

I like it though.

Tedc
09-27-2008, 08:23 AM
It will be good to be home again.

Drew_Smoke
09-27-2008, 10:06 AM
I hope the Texans are smart enough to prop open all of the doors from the ramps and the smoking areas to create an air flow.

Speedy
09-27-2008, 01:25 PM
I hope the Texans are smart enough to prop open all of the doors from the ramps and the smoking areas to create an air flow.

Hope not. I don't need to smell that crap for 3 hours.

Before the infamous Steeler game, there were SEVEN games where the roof was open with the temperature above the 80 degree max the Texans set after the Steelers game. The roof was open for the Raiders in 2004 and the temperature was 94. Same temperature it was for the Steelers game a year later. I don't recall the same complaints about the Steelers game for that one. I think it's going to be fine.

I know....easy for me to say now that I'm in the SEZ, but I sat in that sun for 4 years so I know exactly what it's like and only a couple of times was it really unbearable.

It's October. A 90 degree day is unlikely from here on out unless there's some freak heat wave. 85, 87 is an inconvenience but it isn't that big a deal.

AnthonyE
09-27-2008, 01:39 PM
Hope not. I don't need to smell that crap for 3 hours.

Before the infamous Steeler game, there were SEVEN games where the roof was open with the temperature above the 80 degree max the Texans set after the Steelers game. The roof was open for the Raiders in 2004 and the temperature was 94. Same temperature it was for the Steelers game a year later. I don't recall the same complaints about the Steelers game for that one. I think it's going to be fine.

I know....easy for me to say now that I'm in the SEZ, but I sat in that sun for 4 years so I know exactly what it's like and only a couple of times was it really unbearable.

It's October. A 90 degree day is unlikely from here on out unless there's some freak heat wave. 85, 87 is an inconvenience but it isn't that big a deal.

Yeah, but a 30-17 win + heat is a lot easier to handle than 7-27 loss + heat.

But I agree. Most of the ridiculous 95+ degree games are out of the way, so we should be fine. I just hope it's at least partly cloudly so I can see the game. LOL

SheTexan
09-27-2008, 02:00 PM
Here we go again! All I'm gonna say about the matter is THANK GOD for the updated Bullpen Pub!! I refuse to get sick and be carried out on a stretcher, again! For the first half of the noon games I'll be enjoying the game from the PUB! Anyone want to join me, we can make the place rock!! Anyone want to watch the game from the Bullpen for the first half, I have three seats on row N, section 116 and you are welcome to use them. BUT, you won't have a problem finding a seat. Most of the NEZ will be roaming around the concourses, watching the game from the many TVs scattered about, until the shade makes it's way around. Been through this for 6yrs now, and that's just the way it is. You guys/gals up in Gridiron that have air conditioning blowing down your necks, enjoy the game and make lots of noise. The NEZ will be absent!

One thing in our favor though, at least the fans in the NEZ, is that we have TWO 3pm games. NOW, that rocks!!!!

AnthonyE
09-27-2008, 02:24 PM
Here we go again! All I'm gonna say about the matter is THANK GOD for the updated Bullpen Pub!! I refuse to get sick and be carried out on a stretcher, again! For the first half of the noon games I'll be enjoying the game from the PUB! Anyone want to join me, we can make the place rock!! Anyone want to watch the game from the Bullpen for the first half, I have three seats on row N, section 116 and you are welcome to use them. BUT, you won't have a problem finding a seat. Most of the NEZ will be roaming around the concourses, watching the game from the many TVs scattered about, until the shade makes it's way around. Been through this for 6yrs now, and that's just the way it is. You guys/gals up in Gridiron that have air conditioning blowing down your necks, enjoy the game and make lots of noise. The NEZ will be absent!

One thing in our favor though, at least the fans in the NEZ, is that we have TWO 3pm games. NOW, that rocks!!!!

Amen! I'm in 118, and we barely get the shade like the last 3 minutes of the noon games, lol. 2 3pm games and a monday night game. :heart: