The Houston Texans is an American football team based in Houston, Texas. They compete in the National Football League or the NFL as a member of the American Football Confer ence South division. The Houston Texans play their home games at the NRG Stadium, and they first performed in 2002 as an expansion team. In this article, we will know more about the history of the Houston Texans and their home court, the NRG Stadium.
History of the Houston Texans
In 1997, Houston Entrepreneur Bob McNair began his efforts to create a franchise that would become the Texans. The NFL’s Houston Oilers was relocated to Tennessee. However, it was until two years later when the NFL granted Houston an expansion franchise.
The team first played in 2002 at the newly-opened Reliant Stadium. The Houston Texans wone over the Dallas Cowboys during that season. They became the first expansion team to ever win an opening game since the Minnesota Vikings won over the Chicago Bears 1961. Despite their excellent start, the team struggled during their early season. It was not until Gary Kubiak became their coach in 2006 when the Texans began to improve.
In 2009, the team had a dominant offensive line that was led by standout quarterback Matt Schaub and dominant wide receiver Andre Johnson. The Houston Texans bagged their first winning record of 9-7. In 2010, the Houston Texans started their season with a 4-2 record going into week 7 bye week. However, they promptly collapsed 208 during the second part of the season, and they finished with a 6-10.
In 2011, Houston Texans managed to achieve their first division title after they went 10-6 and won their opening roundoff playoff game before they got beat by the Baltimore Ravens during the postseason.
In 2012, the Houston Texans set a franchise record of 12 wins. Still, they once again lost in the divisional round of the following postseason. 2013 was not the best year of the team because several of their players became injured, and this resulted in the club falling from the upper echelons of the AFC, and it is also because of the league’s worst 2-14 record.
In 2015, the Houston Texans won 9 games and managed to capture a division title. However, the team was defeated during the opening of the postseason game. The following year, the Texans had the same win, and they managed to win their division. During the playoffs that year, the team won their opening game, but they got eliminated during the second round.
In 2017, the Texans started the season with an unexpected, explosive offense thanks to the play of their standout rookie quarterback, Deshaun Watson. However, his mid-season knee injury ruined the team’s momentum. That is why the Houston Texans finished the year with a 4-12 record.
In 2019, the Houston Texans won another division title. They followed it up with a victory during the postseason wild-card round. However, they got eliminated in the division round when they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The NRG Stadium
Formerly known as the Reliant Stadium, the NRG Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Houston, Texas. The stadium costs a whopping $352 million to build, and it has a seating capacity of 72,220. The NRG Stadium was the first-ever NFL facility to ever have a retractable roof. Aside from being the home of the Houston Texans. The NRG Stadium also hosts the Texas Bowl, the Houston Livestock Show, as well as several the United States men’s national soccer team matches. The NRG Stadium has been the host facility for Superbowls XXXVII and LI. It was also the venue for the WrestleMania XXV.
The stadium is owned by Harris County and operated by SMG World. It is also a part of collection venues that is called NRG Park. The compound is named for NRG Energy who signed a 32-year naming rights deal in 2000 that costs $300 million.