Sports Inside

Sports Inside the Toyota Center in a game the Rockets. Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros. Houston has teams for nearly every major professional sports, Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Dynamo (MLS), Eros Houston (AHL), Houston Wranglers (WTT), Houston Takers ( ABA), Houston Energy (IWFL), Houston Leones (PDL) and H-Town Texas Cyclones (NWFA). Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets and Eros) are located in the downtown. The city has the Reliant Astrodome, the first domed stadium in the world, and the first NFL stadium with a retractable roof on Reliant Stadium. Other sports facilities include the Hofheinz Pavilion, Reliant Arena (former home of the Comets), Robertson Stadium (used by the University of Houston and Houston Dynamo), and Rice Stadium (stadium football team of the Rice University).The little-used Reliant Astrodome hosted WrestleMania X-Seven, the World Wrestling Entertainment on 1 April 2001 with a record attendance of 67,925 spectators. The city also hosted the WrestleMania V at Reliant Stadium on April 5 2009. Houston has hosted recent important sporting events such as the All-Star Game Major League Baseball 2004 All-Star Game IHL 2000, the World Series 2005, the end of the football championship of the Big 12 Conference 2005, the All-Star Game NBA 2006, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships since 2001, the Tennis Masters Cup in 2003 and 2004 and the annual golf tournament Shell Houston Open. From 2009, Houston Stanford Financial will host the Tour Championship tournament of the season finale of the LPGA golf. Each February the city is disputed in the Minute Maid Classic college baseball and the Texas Bowl in December of college football.Houston has hosted the Super Bowl twice, in 1974 was held at Rice Stadium and in 2004 at Reliant Stadium. Between 1998 and 2001, played the Grand Prix of Houston, after a hiatus of five years, Champ Car World Series race restored in 2006 and 2007 in the streets around the Reliant Park complex. However, Champ Car merged with the rival Indy Racing League (IRL) in 2008 and left the race in Houston.