The Toyota Center: Basketball, Hockey and Concerts in Houston




The Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets basketball team and the Houston Aeros hockey team, was completed in 2003 at a cost of $202 million. The Center is also home to a women's basketball team, The Houston Comets, and several concerts and other events are held at the stadium each year.

Named after the Toyota car company, the indoor arena can seat up to 19,000 fans, depending on the type of event. For fans looking for something a little more luxurious than the standard stadium seats, luxury boxes are available for rent for most concerts and games. The luxury suites provide a comfortable, private and, perhaps, quieter place to take in the game. A full menu is also available which is served in the suite. The ultimate in luxury is the Penthouse Suite, but that luxury comes at a price. To rent the Penthouse Suite there is a cost of $9500, plus an additional fee if more than 100 guests will be at the event. Even with the high price, the luxury boxes are a great choice for a unique company event or birthday party .

The Toyota Center is not the only sports stadium in Houston. In fact the city has a total of four stadiums. Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans football team, has the distinction of being knows at "one of the loudest'' football venues in the country. The retractable roof allows for both indoor events and events under the open sky. Houston's baseball team, the Astros, play at Minute Maid Park. This stadium also features a retractable roof. The University of Houston houses the Robertson Stadium. This is the home of the major league soccer champions, the Houston Dynamo .

With four major league stadiums in one city, Houston is clearly a sports lover's dream, but that isn't all the city has to offer. Seemingly endless lists of museums are another feature of this Texas city. From the more traditional, such as the many art museums, to offerings that truly have a Texas flavor, such as the American Cowboy Museum, Houston boasts of having 7 million visitors to its museums each year .

The city also has abundant fine dining, cultural activities, shopping, performing arts and a rich nightlife. While visiting to see a game at the Toyota Center or another of the city's stadiums, there are plenty of other activities to do and places to see while in town.


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