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I'm looking for some assistance on approximately which sections in Reliant have the potential to be in the sun during game time (assuming a noon kickoff). I know, in general, that the north side of the stadium gets sun, as well as the northeast.

But what about the northwest corner, like where the Texans come out of the tunnel? Anyone have any experience on where (approximately) the dividing line is for sun/shade for field level seats?

I thought I remembered seeing a map that showed it, but can't seem to find it...

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I'm looking for some assistance on approximately which sections in Reliant have the potential to be in the sun during game time (assuming a noon kickoff). I know, in general, that the north side of the stadium gets sun, as well as the northeast.

But what about the northwest corner, like where the Texans come out of the tunnel? Anyone have any experience on where (approximately) the dividing line is for sun/shade for field level seats?

I thought I remembered seeing a map that showed it, but can't seem to find it...

Thanks for any input!
My seats are right next to the Texans tunnel on the left hand side closer to the end zone and early on in the season we don't get in the shade until midway threw the 2nd quarter. Later in the season, we seem to be in the shade no later than the end of the 1st quarter.
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My seats are right next to the Texans tunnel on the left hand side closer to the end zone and early on in the season we don't get in the shade until midway threw the 2nd quarter. Later in the season, we seem to be in the shade no later than the end of the 1st quarter.
Ahhh ok, thanks! So what section is that, 113?

EDIT - Duh, I see "114" in your name so Imma go out on a limb and say.... section 114
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Anyone have any experience with, say, sections 111 or 112?
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the sections to definitely stay out of are the 120/121 area. that area stays in the sun the longest, even late in the season. there are some 'windows' on the Reliant concourse itself that the sun will shine through and really 'splash' those sections with direct sunlight, especially after the sun has went down below the roof level and the rest of the 'sunny side' sections are all in the shade.

earlier in the season the lower level bullpen area stays in the sun almost the entire noon game. Later in the season it moves, at a very slight angle, from the 114 towards the 119 area as the game progress's.

honestly though the stadium isn't oriented like Texas stadium where the visitors side is in the sun. It is more oriented to the point that the entire North endzone is sunny early in the season. With the sun moving slightly more towards the 119 corner later in the season.
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Anyone have any experience with, say, sections 111 or 112?
The lower part (closest to the field) of these sections will be in the sun until the 3rd qtr. Of course the roof will most likely be closed every game until November, so unless there is a freak occurrence like hurricane damage again, it's not as big an issue since the Texans modified the "roof policy".

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, it's not as big an issue since the Texans modified the "roof policy".
need to re-modify the roof policy with no minimum temp requirements. sorry...I just can't understand that rule.
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Default Re: Sun vs. Shade - Which Sections?

I am reminded of the tour they gave of Reliant Stadium while it was still under construction. They had a bunch of stuff set up inside the Astrodome and when you finished there you could walk over and see Reliant under construction.

By this time I already purchased my season tickets but of course was not able to select my seats. I looked up and saw the shade and pointed in that direction and told my son and two nephews, "Our seats will be in that area." When it came time to select the actual seats, I made damn sure I picked the area I pointed to. In the shade in 552.

I was comfortable during the Pittsburgh game a few years back, hardly even a sweat.
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Default Re: Sun vs. Shade - Which Sections?

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The lower part (closest to the field) of these sections will be in the sun until the 3rd qtr. Of course the roof will most likely be closed every game until November, so unless there is a freak occurrence like hurricane damage again, it's not as big an issue since the Texans modified the "roof policy".
Exactly. Unless the roof is blown off, the issue of sunny side versus shade side will not be an issue at all. When they do open it, it will be cool enough to be comfy anyway.

I think the closed roof also gives us a better advantage with respect to noise.

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need to re-modify the roof policy with no minimum temp requirements. sorry...I just can't understand that rule.
I agree 100%. Closing the roof on a beautiful 45 degree day!!! That's nuts - that is what football weather is suppose to be.
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the sections to definitely stay out of are the 120/121 area. that area stays in the sun the longest, even late in the season. there are some 'windows' on the Reliant concourse itself that the sun will shine through and really 'splash' those sections with direct sunlight, especially after the sun has went down below the roof level and the rest of the 'sunny side' sections are all in the shade.

earlier in the season the lower level bullpen area stays in the sun almost the entire noon game. Later in the season it moves, at a very slight angle, from the 114 towards the 119 area as the game progress's.

honestly though the stadium isn't oriented like Texas stadium where the visitors side is in the sun. It is more oriented to the point that the entire North endzone is sunny early in the season. With the sun moving slightly more towards the 119 corner later in the season.
Nice post there, very detailed.

How does Section 108 hold up?
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