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amazing80
08-05-2012, 09:44 AM
My wife and friends surprised me with game tickets (the Ravens game) and the flight and hotel, now I need some help from you guys :D


How is the Holiday Inn at Reliant? Is it awesome? I am pretty sure it is super close to the stadium correct? We are getting a rental car, but we plan on walking to the game if we can and partying then walking back to the hotel.

Our seats are in 607, are these good? I really want to be in a great atmosphere more than wanting to see every little detail on the field. Is this section great for screaming and high fiving?

I need to know whats up with tailgating!!!! I want to partake in the greatest tailgate experience on Earth, any suggestions?

We come in on Friday night, so we have all day Saturday to bum around, I want to hit up the Texans store in Reliant and then is there a shop or store that has little knick knack Texans stuff (for my man cave) and then what other things should we try to do on Saturday while we are there???

IM SO PUMPED FOR THIS :hurrah::hurrah::hurrah::hurrah::hurrah:

GlassHalfFull
08-05-2012, 09:53 AM
The Holiday Inn is very close, just a walk across the street. Not an "awesome" hotel, as it is a bit on the older side. But very nice. I would absolutely recommend it.

One warning, I had a friend staying there last year, and they talked her into using their shuttle bus to the game. :overreact: The bus drove around the long way and dropped her off on the far side of the stadium :kubepalm:

Then she has to walk all the way over to where we tailgate. Don't use the shuttle. Walk across the street. The Blue Crew tailgates in the corner of the Platinum lot, I am sure you would be welcome there. Just grab whatever you want to drink, there is plenty of cooler space.

Let me think about Sat a bit, I haven't had my coffee yet. Don't want to steer you wrong.

jtexas
08-05-2012, 10:09 AM
Is this section great for screaming and high fiving?


There will be approximately 8 screamers and 4 high-fivers in your area, but I recommend you switch to section 608 as they are known for their higher quality hugging after touchdowns. :winky:

infantrycak
08-05-2012, 10:43 AM
I need to know whats up with tailgating!!!! I want to partake in the greatest tailgate experience on Earth, any suggestions?

Go to the south end of the stadium and walk into the platinum lot. Take your first right. About 2/3rd's down on your right will be Texans Chicks tailgate. Down at the very end of the aisle on both sides will be the Blue Crew where you can meet a bunch of folks from the MB. Just walk up and say I am amazing80 and you will be more than welcomed.

We come in on Friday night, so we have all day Saturday to bum around, I want to hit up the Texans store in Reliant and then is there a shop or store that has little knick knack Texans stuff (for my man cave) and then what other things should we try to do on Saturday while we are there???

IM SO PUMPED FOR THIS :hurrah::hurrah::hurrah::hurrah::hurrah:

Give us some hints on the things you are interested in, types of foods, activities whatever and we can give you better advise.

Not too far from where you are staying is a great breakfast/brunch place - The Breakfast Klub. A whole lot better than room service or Denny's - Link (http://www.thebreakfastklub.com/)

amazing80
08-05-2012, 10:48 AM
There will be approximately 8 screamers and 4 high-fivers in your area, but I recommend you switch to section 608 as they are known for their higher quality hugging after touchdowns. :winky:

Ha, no I say that because on another board a guy I know said he had season tickets up there and people were always telling him to sit down and were not very intense, I am VERY intense and will not have a voice come half time, so I do not want people telling me to sit down when we score or make a big play....


We like all kinds of food and places. We're just looking for any recommendations at all to be honest. We have no set mind set of what we would want to do. We want to get as much Texans stuff as we can since it is hard to get it in Wisconsin, but we also want to enjoy some of Houstons best.....Is it cool to see the space station or is that lame with no kids?

I will feel weird just walking up to people to tailgate but I will it you think its ok...

Lucky
08-05-2012, 11:00 AM
Our seats are in 607, are these good? I really want to be in a great atmosphere more than wanting to see every little detail on the field. Is this section great for screaming and high fiving?
The 600's is called Gridiron, Texas and I think they have the most passionate (least corporate) fans at Reliant. I may be slightly biased (section 610).

The Bullpen gets a lot of hype, but I'm pretty sure they're on performance enhancing drugs. Just saying.

This is Houston, Texas. So just go up to about any tailgate, and you will be welcome. That's how we roll.

infantrycak
08-05-2012, 11:21 AM
This is Houston, Texas. So just go up to about any tailgate, and you will be welcome. That's how we roll.

This is true but I will throw out one small caveat. Bring what you want to drink. For some reason folks will hand you $20 bucks of food without a question but if you assume you can nab beer some will think you a moocher. If you show up with even a six pack and run out they will be happy to resupply.

Lucky
08-05-2012, 11:37 AM
This is true but I will throw out one small caveat. Bring what you want to drink.
If you're drinking alcoholic beverages, right. I don't imbibe, so all I have to offer is water, gatorade, and diet soda. Which I'm happy to share.

amazing80
08-05-2012, 12:30 PM
What if I brought 20 bucks and offered cash for me and my wife instead of walking around with a 6 pack lol

GlassHalfFull
08-05-2012, 12:58 PM
What if I brought 20 bucks and offered cash for me and my wife instead of walking around with a 6 pack lol

Most tailgates don't want to take money from people. If you stay at the holiday in, just walk across the street with your drinks and throw them in a cooler at the blue crew.

JB
08-05-2012, 01:01 PM
What if I brought 20 bucks and offered cash for me and my wife instead of walking around with a 6 pack lol

Not the same. Pick up a small cooler and enjoy as you stroll

OrangeLotPole8
08-05-2012, 01:06 PM
amazing80, welcome to Texas! You are more than welcome to join us in the Orange lot, we are on the front row at pole #8. We have a margarita machine, 2 generators, flat screen TV, satellite dish, surround sound system, washer boards, and all the food and drink you would like. You tell me what you want whether it is crown, jack, etc...... or if beer, wine coolers is your thing let me know what you want and I will have it iced down for you waiting on you at 7:45 Sunday morning. Our menu varies game to game, but we have a retired hispanic teacher that brings 2 dozen home made breakfast tacos (tortillas included) and her famous home made hot sauce to every game. It is her contribution to the tailgate. We are not a "huge" group, we use 3 parking spots for our tailgate, and usually have about 25-35 people at our tailgate. You are welcome with us ANYTIME!!!!!!! Space Center Houston is a great place to go see! If you like the water, I can say the Kemah, Clear Lake area is a fun place to visit. Lots of good bars, mexican food, steaks, and seafood in the area. Hope this helps, you are more than welcome to PM me if you want more information. :redtowel:

amazing80
08-05-2012, 01:06 PM
But can I bring a cooler into the stadium?

amazing80
08-05-2012, 01:10 PM
Just told my wife that tailgating starts at 7 and she said, "Are you ****in kidding me"


HAHA cant wait!

OrangeLotPole8
08-05-2012, 01:11 PM
Don't worry about a cooler, just tell me what you want and I will have it for you.... it is Texan hospitality! :koolaid:Orange lot is on the east side of the stadium, hell if you want I will pick you up at 7:30 am from the Holiday Inn and you two can ride in with my son and I.

OrangeLotPole8
08-05-2012, 01:13 PM
Tailgating usually starts friday with grocery and beverage purchases, saturday for prep work, sun at 5am for loading and icing everything down...... platinum lot starts at 7 am....... blue, orange, and all of the others start at 8 am...... but they usually let us in about 7:45.

hobie
08-05-2012, 02:13 PM
Since you will be walking, you will not be allowed entrance into the lots until about 8:30, per tailgating policy. So unless you can get with someone who is driving in and they have room, that would be your best bet to get in before 8:30 if that is what you want to do... Just wanted you to know so you don't have to stand outside the gate for a while waiting..

Lucky
08-06-2012, 12:42 AM
But can I bring a cooler into the stadium?
Bring it on, Mr. Rolling Cooler Cooler Roller.

J7R7wilson
08-07-2012, 07:42 AM
A stop at twin peaks is a must...talk to Anthony he is my buddy and the manager there

amazing80
08-08-2012, 04:13 PM
A stop at twin peaks is a must...talk to Anthony he is my buddy and the manager there

what is twin peaks?

ThaJokaa
08-08-2012, 04:26 PM
what is twin peaks?

a bar basically

drs23
08-08-2012, 05:12 PM
a bar basically

Where the drinks cost a little more but it's always nice and cool, the lights aren't too bright and oh yeah, there's jiggly stuff to look at. :)

76Texan
08-08-2012, 05:23 PM
NOT THE BREAST OF FRIENDS
Breastaurant wars: Hooters sues Twin Peaks and Houston's the boob battleground

That's all you need to know, LOL!

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-08-11-breastaurant-wars-hooters-and-twin-peaks-are-not-the-breast-of-friends-and-houton-the-boob-battlefield/

amazing80
08-08-2012, 05:30 PM
NOT THE BREAST OF FRIENDS
Breastaurant wars: Hooters sues Twin Peaks and Houston's the boob battleground

That's all you need to know, LOL!

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-08-11-breastaurant-wars-hooters-and-twin-peaks-are-not-the-breast-of-friends-and-houton-the-boob-battlefield/

:whip:

majestrate
08-09-2012, 08:34 AM
NOT THE BREAST OF FRIENDS
Breastaurant wars: Hooters sues Twin Peaks and Houston's the boob battleground

That's all you need to know, LOL!

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-08-11-breastaurant-wars-hooters-and-twin-peaks-are-not-the-breast-of-friends-and-houton-the-boob-battlefield/
Speaking of Hooters, last time I was in Houston (6-10 Oct 2011), ate at Hooters on SW Parkway with a friend. There wasn't much to look at, the service wasn't all that great, and the food wasn't really worth mentioning either.

It wasn't the worst experience ever, but there really wasn't a reason to go back either.

So if you usually go to one for wings and eye candy, unless something's changed in the past 9-10 months, don't bother with that location.

Joe Texan
08-11-2012, 04:37 PM
Hey all you need to do is stand on the side of Kirby right outside the hotel and at 7 I will pick you your wife your cooler your pet bull up and wisk you right into the blue crew.where The liquor flows and the piniatta blows but we all root for the Texans.

amazing80
08-16-2012, 07:01 AM
Thanks for the ride offers. I will let you guys know what we plan on doing the morning of as it gets closer, any other ideas around the city for Saturday??

OrangeLotPole8
08-16-2012, 04:29 PM
You are more than welcome for a free ride, free food, and free beverages. We have a nice set up, not as big and as elaborate as some of the others, but a nice time with great friend and family. I guess some people that blast me don't read posts like this one..........:foottap:

rickyb
08-16-2012, 09:26 PM
I will feel weird just walking up to people to tailgate but I will it you think its ok...

amazing80, I've just walked up and introduced myself as "rickyb" from the Texans Talk MB. Works great. An invitation ahead of time is all the better. And it looks like you have those, too. You are going to have a GREAT TIME. I mean GREAT. Everyone is so dang cool.

As for Saturday... for food, I recommend: a) The Buffalo Grill for breakfast. Get the peppered bacon with whatever. b) For dinner, hit Pappas Steakhouse or Pappadeaux for cajun seafood, or Pappasitos for Mexican. The Steakhouse is pricey, but is phenomenal. Hit Shipley Donuts on Sunday morning before the tailgate.

Have fun!
Rick

amazing80
09-06-2012, 07:08 PM
thinking about hitting up the Rainforest Pyramid, is that legit? Would it be cool for me and my wife (25 years old) or is it lame?

Joe Texan
09-06-2012, 08:51 PM
Rainforest what?
Ok whatever floats your boat

amazing80
09-09-2012, 05:14 PM
Rainforest what?
Ok whatever floats your boat

lol I dont know what to do there???? so far I have places to eat but no activities.....I would love for a Reliant tour, but apparently they only do them certain days.

amazing80
09-30-2012, 08:04 PM
few weeks to go, SO PUMPED

nate4l1f3
10-01-2012, 09:53 PM
few weeks to go, SO PUMPED

I see you're young, do you guys plan on going out for drinks saturday night?? maybe a bar/club??

Playoffs
10-01-2012, 10:23 PM
thinking about hitting up the Rainforest Pyramid, is that legit? Would it be cool for me and my wife (25 years old) or is it lame?

I think the Galveston Pleasure Pier (http://www.pleasurepier.com/) might be more fun, but Moody Gardens(Pyramid) is nice too.

(Note Galveston is about 45 minute drive south.)

amazing80
10-06-2012, 04:31 PM
I see you're young, do you guys plan on going out for drinks saturday night?? maybe a bar/club??

not really into the whole "club" scene, were more of a hole in the wall type bar, we live in the sticks and love the quiet bar scene......lol lame I know


and my wife is not big on rides, she is kind of boring :vincepalm:


but she LOVES the Texans and thats all that matters haha :splits:

amazing80
10-06-2012, 05:15 PM
also, is there a way to find out where the players will be signing autographs? Do they even do this on Saturdays before a Sunday afternoon game??? I know they do it during the week at different locations, but is there a site or something that lists dates and locations?

amazing80
10-16-2012, 07:27 PM
Im gonan be there in a few days, SO EXCITED. I sent a message to orangelotpole8 but got no response, anyone else cool if we drop by there tailgate, if so how do we get there from Holiday Inn Reliant????

Playoffs
10-16-2012, 08:27 PM
http://www.houstontexans.com/gameday/transportation-and-parking.html

I'm sure some of these tailgaters will chime in as the game approaches, above is the parking lots map link.

You'll be close enough to walk, due South on Kirby Drive about ⅓ mile and you're right there.

Papadeaux's Seafood Kitchen and Pappasito's Cantina are both good seafood & Mexican restaurants nearby -- just South off 610 South Loop -- and both "safe" for crowd & food. A bit pricey, but they deliver. There's a Joe's Crab Shack right there, too.

texanprincess
10-16-2012, 11:09 PM
Space Center Houston followed by sunset stroll, shopping & dinner in Kemah for Saturday. Much better than Galveston Pleasure Pier and Moody Gardens Pyramids in my opinion. If you're remotely interested in the Space stuff, you won't regret it, and Kemah is right around the corner...I recommend Willie G's for dinner.

conundrum
10-17-2012, 09:31 AM
As amazing80 has said, it seems weird just walking up to a random tailgate. Is everyone really that cool about it?

Im going to the Ravens game as well with my lady friend and we would love to tailgate with anyone who is cool with us joining. I have no issues bringing my own booze, just wanna hang out and be a part of what the NFL says is the best tailgating in the league.

What time do most people start?

Dr2bKay
10-17-2012, 11:55 AM
As amazing80 has said, it seems weird just walking up to a random tailgate. Is everyone really that cool about it?

Im going to the Ravens game as well with my lady friend and we would love to tailgate with anyone who is cool with us joining. I have no issues bringing my own booze, just wanna hang out and be a part of what the NFL says is the best tailgating in the league.

What time do most people start?

http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=94505

See this post

Dr2bKay
10-17-2012, 12:00 PM
Im gonan be there in a few days, SO EXCITED. I sent a message to orangelotpole8 but got no response, anyone else cool if we drop by there tailgate, if so how do we get there from Holiday Inn Reliant????

You are always welcomed to visit the Blue Crew in the Platinum lot. I also have great friends that run the Hookah tailgate next to Lone Spot, both in the same lot.

Joe Texan
10-17-2012, 02:11 PM
All you get down to the blue crew asap

amazing80
10-18-2012, 09:57 PM
is the Houston Texans Grille off queensbury any good? Is it worth checking out and grabbing lunch or dinner?

AnthonyE
10-18-2012, 11:51 PM
is the Houston Texans Grille off queensbury any good? Is it worth checking out and grabbing lunch or dinner?

It's really cool to watch a game at, but the food wasn't all that. It was good, but not one of the selling points of the restaurant.

Joe Texan
10-19-2012, 12:11 AM
On game day the HTG is off the wall busy with Texans everywhere quite an experience if you get a seat

amazing80
10-19-2012, 09:28 AM
My wife and I will be going to the HTG around 530 for dinner on Saturday, if anyone wants to grab a bite to eat or have a beer you are welcome to join us. We will be the ones who talk funny and look lost :barman: